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Friday, September 25, 2015

CCSSO Executive Director is ‘enthusiastic’ on ESEA reauthorization

Washington, D.C. (September 25, 2015) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner announced today he will be stepping down. In light of the news today, Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released the following statement:

"We will miss Speaker John Boehner's strong leadership on education issues throughout his career. Nonetheless, CCSSO and state education leaders remain enthusiastic to work with both the House and the Senate to finish what they started by fixing No Child Left Behind in this Congress. We need to reauthorize the law because students and educators across the country need a stable long-term federal policy. Living waiver to waiver each year is not the way to run the country's education system."

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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.