Musgrove: State Has Made Progress

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Gov. Ronnie Musgrove made his final speech to legislators Wednesday and he talked about the subject he mentions most: education.

Musgrove said Mississippi has made great strides in the past decade and a half by putting air conditioning in all public schools, revamping a funding formula to help poor school districts and raising teacher pay from the bottom of national rankings.

The outgoing governor also thanked several teachers by name, including his own first-grade teacher, Kathryn Nelson of Panola County. Musgrove said Miss Kathryn visited him in the hospital and taught him to read when he had pneumonia as a child.

Musgrove, a Democrat, lost to Republican Haley Barbour in the November general election. Barbour takes office next Tuesday.