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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

CCSSO Honors Lead Architects of Every Student Succeeds Act

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

Washington, D.C. (April 5, 2016) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today honored the four lead architects of the Every Student Succeeds Act with the Council's 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

In grateful recognition of their leadership for students across the country, the Council honored Chairman Lamar Alexander, Sen. Patty Murray, Chairman John Kline and Rep. Bobby Scott, during the Council's 2016 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

The Distinguished Service Award is the Council's highest honor, and recognizes individuals whose contributions have given strength to pre K-12 public education in the United States. This premier honor of the Council has been presented over a period of 56 years. Previous winners include Rep. George Miller, Sen. Edward Kennedy, Marian Wright Edelman, and President Lyndon Johnson.

"I sincerely thank these four lawmakers for their leadership and the tireless efforts in successfully bringing the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act to the President's desk for signature on December 10, 2015," said Tony Evers, Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction and CCSSO's Board President.

"As state leaders, we are committed to improving the educational outcomes and lives of all children, regardless of background, and this legislation will pave the way for greater success in this effort."

The annual award has been dormant since 2010, but CCSSO this year renewed the tradition in recognition of the honorees' outstanding leadership for students in this country. 


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.