Miss. Gov. Rips College Board for not Supporting Higher Teacher Standards

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Gov. Phil Bryant confronted members of the state College Board Thursday over their opposition to increasing requirements for teaching candidates.

Bryant, in an unusual appearance at the board’s meeting, accused the board and the state’s public universities of trying to keep standards low.

“I’m very unhappy with it, sure I am,” Bryant said after the speech.

The governor wanted to require college students entering preparation programs to score 21 or higher on the ACT college test and to have a 3.0 GPA on pre-major coursework.

Freshman education majors at Mississippi public universities averaged 20.8 on the ACT in 2011.