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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CCSSO Member Testifies at Senate HELP Hearing

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

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has scheduled a hearing this morning to discuss testing and accountability as part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Paul Leather, a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Deputy Commissioner of Education at the New Hampshire Department of Education, has been asked to testify at the hearing.

In his remarks, Deputy Commissioner Leather will discuss his support for CCSSO's Key Priorities for ESEA Reauthorization as well as the unique context in the state of New Hampshire right now. New Hampshire is a member of CCSSO's Innovation Lab Network.

For more information, download Deputy Commissioner Leather's full written testimony, as well as his prepared, abbreviated remarks.

Read more about CCSSO's Key Priorities for ESEA Reauthorization and CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich's comments on Chairman Alexander's draft discussion legislation for the reauthorization of ESEA. 


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.