CCSSO Releases Statement on Illinois Chief

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Washington, D.C. (January 29, 2019) –– The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement about Illinois State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith’s departure.

“Superintendent Smith is a leading voice for educational equity who is devoted to providing equitable access and opportunities for every student,” said CCSSO Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller. “In Illinois, he worked to implement a system of school funding that brings more money into classrooms for the students who need it the most, supported efforts to diversify the teaching workforce, and ushered in a new school improvement system that focuses on each school’s strengths.” 

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Superintendent Smith at the national level, and I wish him success in his next chapter. I look forward to working with the next State Superintendent in Illinois to continue to support the state’s students and educators.”  


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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