Governors are putting greater support behind education at every age level

| March 12, 2019

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The 39 governors elected in states and territories last November represent a wave of education reform and prioritization, according to the National Governors Association. Speaking at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, last week, NGA’s lead education policy director, Seth Gerson, described the new class of governors as uniquely education-focused, whether it be on early-childhood education or workforce growth. Education was once an optional campaign platform, like urban development or environmental conservation.

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