Video: State superintendent Carey Wright offers ‘hope’

By Brad Locke

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Carey Wright, who in September was hired as Mississippi’s state superintendent of education, stopped by the Daily Journal on Wednesday to meet with the editorial board.

It’s part of a statewide tour Wright is making this month to familiarize herself with the state and its educators. She was most recently the chief academic officer for the Washington, D.C., school system and has spent most of her career in Maryland.

In speaking with the Journal, Wright outlined her principles for helping Mississippi improve its national standing and sounded an optimistic tone.

“There’s a lot of hope that we can do this,” she said. “The one thing you’ll get to know about me, sooner than later, is that I’m a glass-half-full girl, so I really believe we can do this. My hope and intent is to bring Mississippi from the bottom up, and all that entails. …

“I also know that my job is not done until student outcomes are improved. That is my sole focus. That is my job, that is my passion, that is my heart.”

Watch highlights of Wright’s talk in the video below, and read more in Thursday’s Daily Journal.