Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky, 2013-2014 SREB Chair
The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through Ph.D.
SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Atlanta. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. SREB’s work is funded by member appropriations and by grants and contracts from foundations and local, state and federal agencies.
The Board includes the governor and four gubernatorial appointees from each member state, including at least one state legislator and one educator. The Legislative Advisory Council of legislators from each state advises the Board.
SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislators who recognized the link between education and economic vitality. To this day, the organization maintains its focus on critical issues that hold the promise of improving quality of life by advancing public education. The region’s track record shows that setting goals and maintaining the commitment to work toward them can make a difference.
The nation’s first regional interstate compact for education, SREB is today the most comprehensive, working directly with state leaders, schools and educators.
Louisiana State Senator Francis Thompson: SREB "has a 60-year history of doing the right thing, tackling the right issues."
What We Do
SREB's Annual Meeting and Legislative Advisory Council meetings bring together legislators, agency heads and other policy-makers.
SREB helps states focus on what works in both policy and practice. We work hand in hand with policy-makers such as state legislators and education agency officials as they implement policies to improve student achievement, raise high school graduation rates and boost college completion. These sustained partnerships have built a knowledge base we draw on to advise state leaders and provide information they need to create sound policies and take effective action.
SREB brings together member states to forge consensus and work together on initiatives that would not be possible alone. SREB member states have adopted specific goals to lead the nation in education improvement, and SREB analysts track and report progress, state by state, on important benchmarks for reaching them. We conduct research, collect and analyze data, publish reports, and recommend action on current and emerging issues.