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Friday, February 27, 2015

CCSSO Executive Director Urges House to ‘Vote Soon’

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

Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2015) -- Chris Minnich, the Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives postponed a vote on the Student Success Act, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

"Postponing this vote is concerning. State chiefs and the students across the nation need a stable federal policy, not a federal policy that lurches from one waiver to the next. This law is more than eight years overdue for reauthorization. We hope that the House of Representatives will vote soon to provide that stability for the country," Minnich said.

In January, the Board of Directors for CCSSO outlined key priorities to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by creating a long-term, stable federal policy that will give states additional flexibility and encourage innovation, while at the same time holding us accountable for results. The four priorities included the need to address assessments, accountability, evaluations, and funding and flexibility.

The Student Success Act, introduced by House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, is strongly aligned with the key priorities outlined by State Chiefs.

For more information and details on CCSSO's priorities, please download a copy of CCSSO's ESEA Key Priorities.

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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.