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Thursday, July 16, 2015

CCSSO Applauds Senate Action on ESEA Reauthorization

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2015) - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today applauded the U.S. Senate's overwhelming approval of the Every Child Achieves Act, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The bill reflects key priorities that CCSSO's board of directors released in January.

"States need a stable federal policy," said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. "The Senate's approval of the Every Child Achieves Act is an important step toward delivering that stability and an example of what can happen when we work together in a bipartisan way. I am grateful to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray as well as Senate leadership for their commitment to creating a federal policy that gives states additional flexibility and encourages innovation while still holding us accountable for results. We're excited about the bill and look forward to continuing to work to update this critical federal law."

June Atkinson, North Carolina's Superintendent of Schools and CCSSO's Board President stated: "I am encouraged by the passage of the Every Child Achieves Act and thank the bipartisan group of U.S. Senators who advanced this update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. State chiefs, teachers and students need certainty. ESEA is eight years overdue for renewal, and has not kept up with the pace of change in states and districts. I am confident that the conference committee can reach a bipartisan solution this year to reauthorize the ESEA and provide states with the stable federal education law they need to improve education for all students." 

Lillian Lowery, Maryland's Superintendent of Schools and the CCSSO Board's President-elect, said: "I am encouraged by the U.S. Senate's progress on addressing the flaws in No Child Left Behind.  States need a stable federal law that will allow them to strengthen teaching and learning in ways that lift student achievement." 

For more information, download CCSSO's key priorities for reauthorizing ESEA.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.