Committee Endorses Wright as Education Chief

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Dr. Carey Wright

Dr. Carey Wright

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.

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