Washington, D.C. (March 5, 2018) – Council of Chief State Schools Officers’ (CCSSO) Interim Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement in response to remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the 2018 Legislative Conference.
“It is clear states are leading to improve education for all students. State chiefs are the first to recognize how education can get better for every child. States are addressing this in many ways. To limit all that state and local education leaders are doing to one single federal plan ignores the full picture of the work underway in schools and states across this country.
“You can look at examples such as the high-quality Early Learning Collaboratives in Mississippi, the ambitious Local Control Funding Formula in California, or the innovative performance assessment pilot in New Hampshire. States created and led the way on these and many other innovations before the Every Student Succeeds Act was passed, and they will continue to lead to create a more equitable education system for all students in the future.
“We look forward to working with Secretary DeVos to ensure the federal government and U.S. Department of Education do not serve as an impediment to the innovations that state and local school districts are working to explore to better meet the needs of students.”
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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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