Press Releases

 
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.

 
10/11/11: CCSSO Issues Statement on Senate ESEA Reauthorization Proposal

Today, 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).

 
09/26/11: College Readiness Partnership Announces Selection of State Leadership Teams

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) are pleased to announce that state leadership teams from Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin have been selected to participate in the College Readiness Partnership (CRP).

CCSSO Issues Statement on President Obama’s Waiver Announcement    
09/22/11: CCSSO Issues Statement on President Obama’s Waiver Announcement

On Friday, September 23, President Obama will release the details of the Administration's waiver package, which responds to calls from state education leaders to move beyond current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and support state efforts to prepare every child for college and career. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) continues to advocate for Congressional action through reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), but believes that the waivers are a desperately needed step forward in transforming our education system to provide young people with the high quality education they deserve.