JACKSON, Miss. – Parents were not always able to send their kids to public kindergarten in Mississippi. That all changed after a successful political battle for education reform lead by former Governor William Winter in the 1980s. The story is revisited in the Southern Documentary Project’s film The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi.
The film premiers Thursday, October 2 at 8pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Winter was a Democratic who served as Mississippi’s Governor from 1980 to 1984. The Mississippi Education Reform Act passed under his leadership was the first serious attempt at improving the state’s education system in over 20 years.