Washington, D.C. (Dec. 1, 2017) – Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Executive Director Chris Minnich released the following statement about Missouri Commissioner and CCSSO Board Member Margie Vandeven.
“Commissioner Vandeven has been a champion for Missouri’s children and a tireless advocate for improving education, including how we prepare future classroom teachers and meet the needs of our most vulnerable students. Her leadership will be missed at the state and national levels. As a nonpartisan organization, CCSSO strives to work across partisan lines to do what is best for the students of this country. It is unfortunate Commissioner Vandeven’s service was cut short in this fashion. We hope to support Missouri’s next state chief to build on the progress underway in Missouri today and remain focused on achieving successful outcomes for all kids across their state.”
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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.
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