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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CCSSO Joins National Education Advocacy Groups to Call on Senate to Put Kids First

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

Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2015) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today joined nine other education groups to call on Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this year. The national education groups, representing educators, principals, school boards, superintendents, chief state school officers, parents and PTAs, and school business officials, urged the U.S. Senate to bring a bill to reauthorize ESEA to the floor for a vote.

"We have seen promising progress in the Senate to reauthorize ESEA this year," said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. "We cannot lose this momentum. Our kids, our classrooms and our states cannot wait another year and continue under this expired, outdated federal law. On behalf of Chief State School Officers, I urge Congress to put kids first and send the Every Child Achieves Act to the Senate floor for a vote." 

Minnich added, "There are ways to make the Every Child Achieves Act better, but we can't have those conversations until the bill gets to the Senate floor." 

Chris Minnich, CCSSO executive director, calls on the Senate to reauthorize ESEA.

Click here for a joint news release from all education groups voicing their support for the Every Child Achieves Act.

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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.