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Monday, November 30, 2015

Every Student Succeeds Act is ‘critical step forward’

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

Washington, D.C. (November 30, 2015) - The Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) said today the introduction of the Every Student Succeeds Act is a "critical step forward" to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this year.

Bipartisan leaders on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee released the legislative language of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the bill to reauthorize ESEA.

Here is the full statement from CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich:

"The introduction of the Every Student Succeeds Act is a critical step forward to updating the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. I applaud members of Congress for their quick action to write this legislation and bring it to the floor. Through the Every Student Succeeds Act, states will have the flexibility they need to improve education outcomes for all kids while at the same time maintaining strong accountability. This final bill reflects the key priorities state education leaders set forth in January, and we are eager for this important federal law to be reauthorized by the end of the year."

In addition, CCSSO sent a letter to Members of Congress endorsing the Every Student Succeeds Act and encouraging them to support the legislation. 

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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.