Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright is one step closer to being confirmed to her post.
The Senate Education Committee voted 14-1 Thursday in favor of Wright, who was hired by the state Board of Education last year to lead Mississippi schools.
The nomination goes to the full Senate for a vote later.
Wright, who previously worked in the District of Columbia and Maryland, continues to emphasize her support for state-funded preschool and efforts to improve student achievement.
Sen. Angela Hill, a Picayune Republican, is the only committee member voting against Wright. Hill opposes state-funded preschool and Mississippi's embrace of Common Core standards.
Supporters say the standards will help students learn more analytically and less by memorization. Opponents see them as academically flawed and a loss of state control.