Barbour: Look at new ways to improve education

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday he wants Mississippians to look at new approaches to improve education, including more opportunities for job training instead of bachelor’s degrees and the involvement of churches to help prevent struggling students from dropping out of high school.

Other ideas include cutting tax funds to intercollegiate athletics, shortening paths to college degrees and pushing schools to spend reserves to cut state budget demands.

The suggestions came in the second in a series of three farewell speeches that Barbour is giving at the end of his eight years in office. At the Governor’s Workforce Conference, Barbour urged listeners to look for solutions beyond increasing funding to government. Much of the conference was devoted to reviewing changes that Barbour has made to worker training during his eight years.