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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CCSSO Releases Statement on Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

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

Washington, D.C. (MAY 23, 2017) -- Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released the following statement about President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

"It is unacceptable to see the Administration propose such deep cuts to key federal education programs. These programs help state and local educators ensure all students are prepared for success in college, careers and life by giving all students greater access to effective educators. We cannot support a proposal to cut these programs and divert the funds to new federal school choice programs," Minnich said.  

"We appreciate the leadership of the House and Senate to reject similar proposals less than two years ago and work together to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act to support states in meeting the needs of every child. We look forward to working with Members of Congress to ensure that the FY 2018 appropriations legislation 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.