Mississippi State University President, Dr. Charles Lee, said he's concerned about the state of education in the state of Mississippi during a visit to the Meridian campus.
"Our ACT score averages for students taking the ACT this year have slipped some," said Lee. "In fact, over the last several years, I'm disappointed about that."
Despite the downward trend, Dr. Lee said he does see some promise.
"It is very important and very gratifying that our legislature decided to put education first this year in the appropriation process," Lee said. "They made some difficult choices. They had some difficult challenges."
Lee praised the legislature for its commitment to education. "The fact that they held the base with education speaks well for their commitment to education, which I believe is absolutely important to our future as a state in an increasingly global, very competative world," he said.