Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2020) – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has cancelled its annual Legislative Conference scheduled for March 22-24 in Washington, D.C., due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.
The decision to cancel the conference was made out of respect for the key leadership roles state chiefs are playing in supporting schools and districts in their response to the coronavirus outbreak. CCSSO recognizes that there is critical work to be done in many states over the next few weeks to coordinate locally and support schools.
“We are disappointed to have to cancel our Legislative Conference this year, but we want chiefs and their staffs available to devote their full attention to helping at home. The health and safety of our members, participants and staff is a top priority,” said CCSSO Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller.
CCSSO plans to offer components of the conference through a series of webinars later this spring. The specific schedule has not yet been decided.
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, Bureau of Indian Education, 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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