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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CCSSO President Testifies at Senate Committee Hearing

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

Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2016) - This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) President and Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers has been invited to provide testimony at the hearing "ESSA Implementation: Perspectives from Education Stakeholder."
In his remarks, Evers will stress the importance of maintaining state flexibility in implementation, particularly around accountability and stakeholder engagement. He will also urge the committee to reconsider the proposed supplement, not supplant rule, to ensure a more equitable distribution of resources.
 "We need to work harder and smarter to address inequities in a way that will not cause harm to the educational experience of all students," Evers noted in prepared remarks. "To best facilitate that, regulation and guidance throughout ESSA should be limited to providing clarity on otherwise ambiguous or confusing issues; not implementing additional requirements that were not envisioned by Congress."

For more information, download Evers' full written testimony. Watch the hearing live.


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.