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05/13/11

CCSSO Issues Statement Supporting Chairman Kline’s Focus on Funding Flexibility

For immediate release
Contact: Kate Dando
kated@ccsso.org, 202-336-7034

Washington, DC - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the following statement expressing a strong desire to work alongside House Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) to identify opportunities for increasing education funding flexibility for states and school districts.

CCSSO has long supported more flexible use of federal dollars along with meaningful program consolidation. Chairman Kline's support for increasing the transferability of funds between ESEA programs is a welcome concept and we look forward to reviewing the legislation. Any proposal considered by the committee should maintain a strong commitment to accountability and the law's half-century focus on improving equity. Additionally, the legislation should ensure states' abilities to support struggling schools and create statewide systems of continuous improvement for all students.

"For far too long, limited federal funds spread across too many programs have impaired the ability of states and school districts to strategically target high priority reforms," said Executive Director Gene Wilhoit. "Greater funding flexibility, tied to accountability for results, designed to support state and district efforts to improve education for those students most in need is not only welcome but required if we are to truly reform education in this country."

CCSSO further applauds Chairman Kline's efforts to increase funding flexibility without onerous new reporting requirements and to expand the funding flexibility to allow funds to be transferred into IDEA Part B.