Press Releases

 
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.

 
04/21/12: Media Availability: 2012 National Teacher of the Year Available for Interviews Monday, April 23, 2012, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

April 21, 2012, Washington, DC- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) will host a media availability with the 2012 National Teacher of the Year Monday April 23, 1:00 pm ¬- 2:30 pm ET. The 2012 National Teacher of the Year will be announced Monday, April 23.

 
02/28/12: Twenty-Seven States and DC Submit NCLB Waivers Applications

Today 27 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications to the U.S. Department of Education seeking waivers of certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). These waivers will allow states the flexibility to develop stronger accountability and teacher evaluation systems, and provide relief from current provisions preventing states from moving forward with reform. The 11 states that submitted waivers earlier this year in November have all been approved.

 
02/28/12: CCSSO Issues Statement on Committee Passage of House ESEA Bills

Today the House Education & the Workforce Committee marked up two pieces of legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): H.R. 3989, "Student Success Act" and H.R. 3990, "Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act". Members of the Committee voted to advance both bills out of Committee today. The next step for the legislation would be consideration by the full House of Representatives.

 
02/16/12: CCSSO President Calls on Congress to Reauthorize ESEA in Testimony Before House Committee

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction and President of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Tom Luna testified Thursday, February 16 before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on two bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).