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Thursday, October 15, 2015

CCSSO Executive Director's Statement on Texas Chief’s Announcement

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

Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2015) -- Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced today that he will step down from that position. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Executive Director Chris Minnich released the following statement:

"Commissioner Michael Williams brought a breadth of experience to his work leading the Texas Education Agency, and was committed to improving academic achievement for kids in the state. He oversaw the successful implementation of a new statewide accountability system, and prioritized closing the achievement gap by making it a priority in the accountability system. He will be missed, but I wish him the best." 


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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.