Mississippi Department of Education

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Mississippi Department of Education
Agency Profile
Superintendent:Carey Wright
FY 2013 Budget:$2.38 billion[1]
Website:Department Home Page
The Mississippi Department of Education oversees public K-12 instruction in Mississippi. The department managed 1,055 schools and 493,540 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]



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See also
Mississippi Superintendent of Education
List of school districts in Mississippi
Public education in Mississippi
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The mission statement of the Mississippi Department of Education reads:[3]
The MDE seeks to create a world-class educational system that gives students the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and in the workforce, and to flourish as parents and citizens. To make this vision a reality, all students must be given multiple pathways to success, and teachers and administrators must continue to meet the challenges of this ever-changing landscape of public education.

MDE is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for all students and ensuring a bright future for every child through the Board’s strategic goals that are centered on achievement on every level of Mississippi’s public education system, including districts, schools, classrooms and individual students.

The Board has established an ambitious mission and goals for the future of education in Mississippi with the primary objective of ensuring students are prepared for college and career.[4]


The current Superintendent of Education is Carey Wright. The following list details her cabinet officials:[5]

  • Associate State Superintendent, Chief of Staff: Washington Cole IV
  • Assistant to State Superintendent: Rachel Ellis
  • Assistant to State Superintendent: Vacant

State Board of Education

The Mississippi State Board of Education is composed of nine members. The board also consists of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the state public school superintendent. The governor appoints five members, while the lieutenant governor appoints two and the Speaker of the House appoints two. The board is responsible for management and investment of school funds according to law; academic performance and setting the academic curriculum.[6][7]

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