STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant was in Starkville Wednesday morning to deliver a keynote address at Mississippi State's Manufacturing Summit.
The governor met with the media first to give an update on the efforts to increase the state's ranking in education.
Bryant says he is pushing hard to give the state's work force a boost. He says he is fully committed to getting transformational change in education sometime this year.
"I was with Jeb Bush last night and again he was giving me the Florida example of an educated work force," said Bryant. "It means a higher standard of living for all of your citizens. So we're going to make sure we push hard on education, make sure children can read at the third grade level. We're going to incentivize teachers in the future with merit pay."
The governor also stated he is working to get a charter school bill passed and he looks forward to signing it once it gets the necessary votes.