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Thursday, November 19, 2015

CCSSO Executive Director Releases Statement on Latest ESEA Action

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

Washington D.C. (November 19, 2015) -- Chris Minnich, the Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released the following statement about the bipartisan, bicameral Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) conference committee vote to approve the reauthorization framework prepared by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee and the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

"Today's conference committee vote is another encouraging step in the process to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and on behalf of state chiefs, I applaud the work of the committee.

CCSSO and its members are pleased with the framework the conference committee approved today. While the framework is not perfect, we believe it closely aligns with the key priorities for ESEA reauthorization that CCSSO released in January. The framework maintains annual assessments and gives states additional flexibility in how to design better accountability systems.

State chiefs will continue conversations with members of Congress as this framework shapes legislation. We look forward to soon seeing this critical federal law reauthorized to ensure a stable federal policy that serves educators, students and parents."  

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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.