Next Generation Education Systems - A 51st State Model

Friday, Dec. 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m. CST
Sponsored by the CSG Education & Workforce Development Public Policy Committee

As part of its State Pathways to Prosperity initiative, CSG released a report in August that outlines recommendations for state-level policies to ensure students are prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. The report, “A Framework for State Policymakers: Developing Pathways to Ensure a Skilled Workforce for State Prosperity,” containing the work of the CSG National Task Force on Workforce Development and Education, represents more than a year of study, dialogue and deliberation by state officials from both parties, all regions of the U.S. and from diverse perspectives. This session will feature some of the experts and policymakers who dedicated their time to crafting these options for robust state-level policies and will explore how states are preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow.




Rep. John DeBerry Jr.
Rep. DeBerry represents Tennessee’s 90th District, which encompasses part of Shelby County and the Greater Memphis area. DeBerry has represented District 90 since January 1995. He is a member of the House Education, Administration and Planning Committee. DeBerry graduated from Freed-Hardeman University and the University of Memphis.  


Joelle Phillips
President, AT&T Tennessee
Phillips brings more than a decade of experience in the telecommunications industry and two decades of experience in the legal profession to her current position as president of AT&T Tennessee, a position she’s held since 2013. Phillips works closely with community and business leaders, elected officials and others at AT&T to continue to bring advanced communications technologies, including mobile 4G LTE and other broadband services, to consumers and businesses. She is also responsible for managing AT&T’s extensive philanthropic and community engagement efforts in Tennessee, including the AT&T Aspire program, which focuses on high school success and work force readiness.


Rep. Jacqueline Sly 
South Dakota 

Rep. Sly, a retired school teacher, has represented South Dakota’s 33rd District since January 2009. She currently chairs the House Education Committee. Sly earned her B.A. in elementary and special education from Northern State University and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Black Hills State University.


Bill H. Stovall III
Executive director, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges
Stovall has led the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges since 2013. Prior to his current role, Stovall served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House for the 85th General Assembly. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 2001, he served eight years on the Cleburne County Quorum Court, the governing authority of county government in Arkansas. Stovall also has experience as a small business owner.