Mississippi Board of Education
The Mississippi State Board of Education adopts rules and regulations and set standards and policies for the organization, operation, management, planning, budgeting and programs of the Mississippi State Department of Education.
The Board is made up of nine members. Each member is appointed according to the rules in the Mississippi Constitution. The Board appoints the State Superintendent of Education.
Mississippi Constitution rules require that the Mississippi Governor appoint one member from Mississippi's Northern Supreme Court District, one member from Mississippi's Central Supreme Court District, one member from Mississippi's Southern Supreme Court District, one member who is employed as a school administrator, and one member who is employed as a public school teacher. Additionally, the Lieutenant Governor shall appoint two members at-large, and the Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives shall appoint two members at-large.
Educational Priorities and Board Mission
In its role as a policy maker, the Board has a State Board of Education 5-Year Strategic Plan. To further its efforts to create a world-class education system, the Board has also published its legislative priorities for the 2016 legislative year.