Education, job creation priorities in Gov. Phil Bryant’s State of the State address

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in his State of the State speech Tuesday evening that citizens expect “bold action” from elected officials in 2013, with an emphasis on strengthening education and promoting job creation.

The Republican said he wants lawmakers to approve a broad package of education proposals, including merit pay for teachers, more emphasis on reading in early elementary grades and setting higher academic standards for college students who want to become teachers. Bryant is also seeking approval for charter schools, which would be free from some regulations faced by most other public schools.