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Monday, November 02, 2015

CCSSO Joins National Education Groups to Continue to Push Congress to Get ESEA Done

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

Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2015) -It's time for Congress to finish the job of revising No Child Left Behind and not let another school year go by under the old law, 10 education organizations say in a digital advertising campaign to begin today.

Collectively, the national organizations represent millions of educators, principals, school boards, superintendents, chief state school officers, parents and PTAs, and school business officials.

The House and Senate passed versions of a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but differences must still be worked out by a conference committee, whose members have not been chosen yet.

The weeklong digital ad campaign will begin today and include ads on Facebook, Twitter and Politico as well as web display ads, targeting congressional members and staff and Washington influencers.

Copy from the ad:
"Please pass a final bill that focuses on opportunity for all students, no matter their ZIP code. Great progress has already been made on this legislation. We can't let it slip away. Our students cannot wait any longer for a revised law."

Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, said, "Congress must reauthorize ESEA this year to create a long-term, stable federal policy that gives states additional flexibility and encourages states and schools to innovate, while at the same time holding us accountable for results."

For more information on CCSSO's work to reauthorize ESEA, please visit www.ccsso.org.  To learn more about the digital advertising campaign, visit www.GetESEADone.com.  

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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.