Press Releases

 
04/28/10: Iowa High School English Teacher to Be Named National Teacher of the Year at White House Ceremony

Because of her passion for her subject, her innovative focus on her learners and the equal passion she devotes to mentoring others new to the profession, Wessling will be named 2010 National Teacher of the Year by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on April 29, 2010. Also recognized at this event will be the 2010 state teachers of the year.

 
04/14/10: Alabama School Chief Testifies before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

Joseph Morton, State Superintendent of Education of the Alabama Department of Education, testified today on behalf of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies on the need for an Education Jobs Fund.

 
04/13/10: CCSSO Welcomes Board President Dr. Steven L. Paine

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) welcomes Dr. Steven L. Paine, state superintendent of schools for West Virginia, as CCSSO’s Board President.

Draft K-12 Common Core State Standards Available for Comment    
04/01/10: Draft K-12 Common Core State Standards Available for Comment

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released the first official public draft of the K-12 standards as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a process being led by governors and chief state school officers in 51 states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

CCSSO Statement on President Obama's ESEA Blueprint    
03/16/10: CCSSO Statement on President Obama's ESEA Blueprint

On Monday, March 15, President Obama submitted a blueprint to Congress on how best to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). CCSSO believes this blueprint is responsive to state calls for reform of the No Child Left Behind Act and is a strong first step toward final reauthorization, which the Council has publicly called for since 2006.

Forty-Eight States Gather to Collectively Address ESEA Reauthorization and Implementation of ARRA     
03/30/10: Forty-Eight States Gather to Collectively Address ESEA Reauthorization and Implementation of ARRA

With the pending reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as a focal point, 48 states met at CCSSO's 2010 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, to address pressing state education issues.

 
02/03/10: CCSSO Statement on President Obama’s Budget Request to Congress

CCSSO applauds the Obama Administration’s proposal to increase resources for important state education priorities and for recognizing the vital role education plays in the economic prosperity of the country.