Bryant says state will run its public schools

Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an executive order that says the state and not the federal government will set academic standards for Mississippi schools.

The Republican Bryant said Monday that Mississippi would not give up its right to set the curriculum and the standards for its public schools.

“We have made tremendous progress in enacting improvements in our public education system, and we will continue pursuing what works for Mississippi children,” Bryant said in the order.

A spokesman for Bryant told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/19O1lMG ) that the executive order does not block the enactment of Common Core

In a news release, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and the two Republican chairmen of the Education committees, Gray Tollison in the Senate and John Moore in the House, voiced support for Bryant’s action.

AP
12/16