Nonprofit Mississippi News Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright announced that she will be retiring on Thursday at the State Board of Education. Wright was the first to assume the position in 2013. She is the longest-serving superintendent in education since 1982, when the state board was established. Rosemary Aultman, the Board Chair, announced that the board would be accepting Wright’s retirement with regret and gratitude. Graduation rates have increased by nearly 13% during her tenure. The Early Learning Collaborative program was created to increase Pre-K access. The Mississippi Connects initiative provided a device for every student. Scholarships were also given to aspiring teachers by the Mississippi Teacher Residency. “Leading education for Mississippi has been an honor and privilege in my life. I am grateful for the chance to work alongside dedicated educators and leaders from Mississippi, the entire Mississippi Department of Education Team, and committed State Board members. Wright stated that they have all worked together to improve the lives of children. “Most importantly, I am extremely proud of Mississippi students. They can do anything they want.” Aultman stated that Wright’s transition will be discussed and the search for a new superintendent will be ongoing in the weeks ahead.