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Press Release

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nevada Superintendent Urges Department to Revise Proposed ESSA Regulations

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

Washington, D.C. (September 21, 2016) - Steve Canavero, Nevada Superintendent and Council of Chief State School Officers member, is testifying today in a subcommittee of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee to urge the U.S. Department of Education to reconsider its proposed regulations on the supplement not supplant provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education is streaming the hearing live online.

"One of the most important aspects of the Every Student Succeeds Act is its focus on equity. We must ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed in having access to the economic opportunities that a quality education provides and that states, districts, and schools are held accountable for clear and measurable results," Superintendent Canavero says.  "The Department's goals are laudable. It is clear underperforming schools need more funding to support their students' needs. However, imposing sweeping new federal mandates on how school districts must spend their state and local funds, in addition to the complicated way the proposed regulations approach equity and school funding, could actually hurt state and local efforts to provide equity for all students."

Read Superintendent Canavero's full written testimony for more information.

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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.