Press Releases

 
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).

 
02/09/12: CCSSO Statement on Waiver Announcement

Today President Barack Obama announced that his Administration has approved 10 state waiver proposals that move beyond current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and present comprehensive reform plans focused on preparing every child for college and career.

 
01/19/12: CCSSO Announces Finalists for 2012 National Teacher of the Year

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced the four finalists for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year today. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the program, which honors educators representing the teaching profession as their State Teacher of the Year. This prestigious program allows teachers from across the country to collaborate with policy makers at every level and advocate on behalf of the teaching profession.

 
01/09/12: Zamora Joins CCSSO’s Government Affairs Team

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that Peter Zamora will join CCSSO’s government affairs team as Director of Federal Relations.

 
11/19/11: CCSSO Welcomes New President and Board of Directors

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today the 2011-2012 CCSSO Board of Directors. Elections took place during the 2011 Annual Policy Forum and Business Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction in Idaho was sworn in as CCSSO president and Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Education in Massachusetts was named president-elect.

 
11/08/11: Superintendent Luna Testifies Before Senate Committee on NCLB Reauthorization

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna told members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Tuesday that he supports the current legislation to reauthorize No Child Left Behind because it finds the right balance between the state’s responsibility and the federal government’s role.

 
10/17/11: CCSSO Sends Letter of Support to Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Enzi Regarding ESEA Reauthorization

On October 11, Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), in collaboration with Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) released a draft of comprehensive legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). CCSSO sent the following letter outlining recommendations to Chairman Tom Harkin and Senator Michael Enzi.