State of the State Address: Gov. Reeves reflects on past two years

In today’s State of the State Address, Governor Tate Reeves discussed the highlights of the past two years and gave his vision for the year ahead.

Reeves applauded what he called Mississippi’s “crowning achievement” over the course of the pandemic and recession: state educators.

He noted that in 2019, Mississippi was the only state in the nation to improve its national assessment of educational progress scores.

Currently, the state’s graduation rate is at an all-time high, just over 87 percent, and the state’s drop out rate is at an all-time low of just under nine percent.

Reeves credits this success to three factors: parents and guardians, legislation over the last decade, and teachers. “As conservatives, we believe in rewarding hard work and success. There is no doubt that Mississippi teachers fit that mold. I am confident that in this session, working together, we will get a significant teacher pay raise done. It is my number one priority. Credit goes where credit is due and in this COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi teachers deserve the credit.”

Reeves also called on the state board of education to adopt values that combat implementing critical race theory education in Mississippi classrooms.

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