Press Releases

 
02/07/13: Chiefs from KY and NY Call on Congress to Reauthorize ESEA in Testimony before U.S. Senate

Chief state school officers from Kentucky and New York testified today about the reform efforts they are advancing under their approved flexibility waivers before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and called on Congress to promptly reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The hearing titled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons from State Flexibility Waivers” included testimony from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, and New York Commissioner of Education John King.

 
01/04/13: Idaho Deputy Carissa Miller Joins CCSSO as Deputy Executive Director

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announces today that Carissa Miller is named deputy executive director overseeing CCSSO’s membership program, federal advocacy activities, and research service. Carissa will start in this position in February of 2013.

 
12/17/12: 25 States Commit to Advancing Recommendations to Improve Educator Preparation

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that 25 states have expressly committed to advance recommendations aimed at dramatically improving educator preparation and entry into the profession. The recommendations are outlined in a new CCSSO report, “Our Responsibility, Our Promise –Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession.”

 
11/17/12: CCSSO Welcomes New President and Board of Directors

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today the 2013-2014 CCSSO Board of Directors. Elections took place during the 2012 Annual Policy Forum and Business Meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Education in Massachusetts assumed the role of CCSSO president and Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education in Kentucky was named president-elect.

 
11/14/12: CCSSO Announces New Executive Director

Chris Minnich has been named Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The decision follows a nationwide search by CCSSO Board of Directors to find a successor for Gene Wilhoit, after he announced his plans to retire in June.

 
07/25/12: North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson Testifies before Senate Over the Impact of Sequestration and Funding Cuts to Education

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson testified in front of the U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee today about concerns over the impact of sequestration and drastic funding cuts to education. Atkinson testified in opposition to automatic funding cuts that will be detrimental to education reform occurring across the country, and outlined the immediate need for clear guidance from the federal government on how sequestration will work, if it goes into effect on Jan. 2 2013.

 
11/14/14: CCSSO Welcomes New President and Board of Directors

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announces its 2014-2015 Board of Directors at its Annual Policy Forum.

 
07/05/12: Scott Norton to Lead CCSSO Standards, Assessment and Accountability Work

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that Scott Norton will join CCSSO as Strategic Initiative Director for Standards, Assessments, and Accountability.

 
06/13/12: Gene Wilhoit, CCSSO Executive Director Announces Retirement

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that executive director Gene Wilhoit will retire. The CCSSO board of directors has begun a national search for a successor. Wilhoit plans to remain at CCSSO until a new executive director assumes the post.

 
04/23/12: CA Teacher Named 2012 National Teacher of the Year

April 23, 2012, Washington, DC – The Council of Chief State School Officers announced today that Rebecca Mieliwocki, a 7th grade English teacher in California is the 62nd National Teacher of the Year. Mieliwocki, along with all 2012 State Teachers of the Year will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House, on Tuesday, April 24.