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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

CCSSO Executive Director Reacts to Commissioner Holliday’s Retirement

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

Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2015) - Kentucky Commissioner Terry Holliday announced today that he plans to retire in August 2015. Holliday has served as Kentucky Commissioner for six years and in education for 43 years. At a national level, he has served on the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Board of Directors, including as CCSSO's President in 2014.

As CCSSO's President, he led the Career Readiness Task Force that created the Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students report, a set of recommended actions states can take to ensure K-12 schools partner with higher education and the business community to ensure rigorous pathways to prepare students for highly skilled jobs.

CCSSO's Executive Director Chris Minnich said the following when Commissioner Holliday announced his retirement:

"When Terry Holliday retires at the end of this school year, so will one of the country's greatest education leaders. Terry is a bold, thoughtful commissioner who always puts what is best and most important for kids ahead of everything else. Under his leadership, Kentucky was the first state to implement college- and career-ready standards, and as a result, more students are going on to education after high school today without the need for remediation. It has been a pleasure to work so closely with him and seeing this same vision and leadership at the national level." 

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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.