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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

CCSSO Issues Statement on U.S. Secretary of Education Confirmation

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

Washington, D.C. (February 7, 2017) -- The U.S. Senate today voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education. Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), issued the following statement:

"As state education leaders, we look forward to working with new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her team at the U.S. Department of Education to ensure every child graduates from high school prepared for college, careers and life. States have taken the lead in improving education for all kids, especially as we transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act. We hope to work closely with Secretary DeVos to make sure all states have the stability they need at the federal level to transition to this new law."


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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.