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Press Release

Friday, October 02, 2015

CCSSO Executive Director's Statement on Secretary Arne Duncan

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

Washington, D.C. (October 2, 2015) -- Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released the following statement about Secretary Arne Duncan's departure:

"Secretary Duncan has been a champion for students across the country.  It has been an honor to work with him in the pursuit of better outcomes for all kids.  He is a sincere, committed leader who has been a partner with state chiefs in advancing student achievement for all kids. I wish him the best in his future endeavors, and I look forward to working with John King to ensure a seamless transition for states and students."


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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.