Committee Endorses Wright as Education Chief

Dr. Carey Wright
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Jackson, Miss.

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.