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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CCSSO Executive Director Endorses Bipartisan Senate ESEA Agreement

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

Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2015) -- The executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers today endorsed the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 in a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO, stated his strong support for the legislation in a letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray. He urged them to oppose any changes that would fundamentally alter the structure of the bipartisan agreement as the Committee considers amendments to the Act this week.

"On behalf of state education leaders across the nation, I am pleased to endorse your 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' as a vehicle to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)," Minnich writes.

"The law is eight years overdue for renewal, and it has not kept up with the pace of education improvement in the states. Your proposed legislation would appropriately update and stabilize federal education law to allow state and local educators to better educate our students."  

Read the full letter here.

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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.