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Thursday, June 25, 2015

CCSSO Supports Expansion of Presidential Scholars Program

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

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2015) - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today voiced support for President Barack Obama's recent action to expand the Presidential Scholars program, creating a new category that recognizes outstanding scholars in career and technical education.

CCSSO is working to close the skills gap across the country by elevating career readiness programs in K-12 public schools.

Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), said, "State education leaders have taken the lead to improve career pathways for all students so we can ensure every child graduates from high school prepared for college, careers and life. We appreciate President Obama recognizing the importance of career readiness and expanding the Presidential Scholars program to include students who excel in the career and technical education fields."

The Presidential Scholars program was first established in 1964. Each year, two high school seniors from each state and 15 scholars at-large are recognized, through excellent performance on the SAT and ACT exams, nominations from their Chief State School Officer, or the National YoungArts Foundation competition.

Download CCSSO's Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students report to learn more about how states are working to improve career pathways for all students.

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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.