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CCSSO Releases Statement on Senate Appropriations Bill

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (September 7, 2017) - The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies funding bill by a vote of 29-2.

Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released the following statement: 

"We are pleased the Senate Appropriations Committee has preserved, and in some cases, increased funding for several critical education programs, including those that help our most vulnerable students and support effective teachers in the classroom. We also are encouraged that Congress and the Administration have reached an agreement to fund the federal government through this fall, providing additional time for Congress to make thoughtful and informed decisions on how to provide important funding for education for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018.

"We will continue to work with members of the House and Senate to ensure the budget reflects the priorities of state chiefs as they work to serve all children in their states." 

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.