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Gov. Bryant unveils plan for education reform

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Gov. Phil Bryant is outlining his plan for education reform.

The Governor unveiled Framing Mississippi's Future: An Agenda For Children before several hundred students and educators at Northwest Rankin High School.

His plan calls for the development of charter schools, more technical training and advancing classrooms into a digital interactive learning experience.

Bryant says he wants to add $26 million to the education budget.

Also known as Education Works, the plan proposes improvements in five areas: boosting literacy skills, rewarding teacher quality, continuing early education, improving college and career readiness, and increasing school choice or charter school.

The charter school plan provoked controversy last year when first introduced to lawmakers.  It would give families in failing schools the choice to apply to enroll somewhere else.

Governor Bryant says, "The Mississippi Department of Education would develop the criteria.  We don't just want to go out and get the best football players, or get someone whose son might be a little more affluent.  I think we can develop an admission program that would be fair to all."

We'll have more on the governor's plan on the WLBT 4:30 PM Report and Fox 40 News at 5:30.

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