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Thursday, September 14, 2017

CCSSO Releases Statement on House Funding Bill

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

Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2017) - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a bill that includes the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations measure for Fiscal Year 2018. 

Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), said the following: 

"While we are pleased to see that the House has preserved important Title I funding that helps the most vulnerable students, we are disappointed members of the House voted to eliminate funding for Title II, which provides support to ensure all students have access to effective teaching. 

"As state leaders, we recognize the federal funding process requires Congress to make difficult decisions about our country's priorities, but eliminating programs like those funded by Title II will inhibit the ability of states to improve education for all children and fully implement the Every Student Succeeds Act as envisioned by Congress.

"We will continue to work with members of the House and Senate to ensure the final budget reflects the priorities of state chiefs as they work to serve all children in their states."

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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.