Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves told a group of shipbuilders here Thursday that state improvements in education are the key to providing a well-trained workforce for the future.
Reeves, speaking to the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium, noted some 47 percent of Mississippi 3rd graders can’t read at the proficient level.
“We have to do something about that,” he said. “We’re investing everything we have at the K-4 level. We also invested $9.5 million this year for reading coaches to assist children who are struggling.”