The Sun Herald, 10/10/8

Students in Mississippi and across the nation need economic education now more than ever, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday.

“Your meeting could not be more timely,” Cochran told about 500 people attending the conference of the National Council on Economic Education at Beau Rivage Resort.

He expects more interest and participation in economic education to be the result of the difficulties the country is facing.

“Starting this year, every freshman in high school in Mississippi must complete a course in economics before they can get a diploma,” said Barbour.

These types of initiatives have Mississippi ranked No. 8 in the country in achieving the council’s goals.