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(MDE Spt. Of Education Carey) Wright reiterated her support for Mississippi’s College and Career and Ready Standards, which follow the Common Core guidelines for math and English instruction. She and the Board see those standards as the floor, she said, adding they are open to discussions about adding additional standards, or Mississippi-centric ones.

“This should be the least that we expect of our children to know and be able to do,” she said. “… The children of Mississippi deserve to be held to the highest standard possible.”

Wright previously worked in public schools in Washington, D.C., and in Maryland.

“It has been a bit surprising,” she said when asked about Mississippi’s political dynamic. “My experience in Maryland and in D.C. is that there has always been tremendous support for education, powerful support for education.”

She added Sen. Gray Tollison and Rep. John Moore, the Legislature’s two education chairmen, have been “incredibly supportive.”

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