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Contact: Alan Richard
(404) 879-5544
Released: 6/25/2010

State Leaders to Discuss Region’s Progress in Education, Improving College Completion at SREB Annual Meeting

ATLANTA — State and national education leaders will gather with legislators from 16 states at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Education Board in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, from June 27-29 to examine the region’s progress in pre-K-20 public education and discuss how to substantially improve college completion.

SREB works with these 16 member states to help them meet the SREB Challenge to Lead Goals for Education, which call for higher student achievement at every level of education. SREB will release a major progress report on the goals for each of the states — from Texas to Delaware — at the meeting.

With West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III presiding, state and national leaders also will focus on raising high school graduation rates and college degree-completion rates, among other issues. Patrick Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, will join SREB President Dave Spence and other leaders to share updates on college- and career-readiness initiatives in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia.

A highlight of the meeting will be a special presentation recognizing the 500th graduate of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program, a nationally recognized SREB program that works to increase the number of college faculty who are members of racial or ethnic minorities. A new SREB Chair and other officers of its 80-member Board also will be elected and announced.

The Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB, based in Atlanta, was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government work cooperatively to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. SREB has 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. More information is available online at www.sreb.org.

Southern Regional Education Board
592 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318-5776
(404) 875-9211

For additional information, please e-mail communications@sreb.org