Business group travels state with message

Published 1:37 pm Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Mississippi Economic Council is touring the state with the message that economic development gains start with a child who can read and comprehend by third grade.

MEC president Blake Wilson told a meeting Tuesday in Jackson that the business group will support a greater emphasis on pre-kindergarten and early childhood education programs so students can be ready for success from the time they walk into school.

The MEC began a tour of Mississippi last month to tout education and work force training as keys to building the state’s job base.

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Wilson says the MEC also is calling for teacher pay raises and more incentives to keep talented teachers in Mississippi.