CCSSO Releases Statement on Minnesota Chief

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Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2021) – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement about Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker’s departure.

“Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker is a devoted leader who keeps students at the center of her work every day. In Minnesota, she strived to create a more equitable education system by tackling complex finance issues, championing the end to Pre-K suspensions and expulsions, and increasing investments in diversifying the teacher workforce, among many examples. Throughout the pandemic, she collaborated closely with students, families, educators and health experts to ensure continued student learning and keep the community safe. It has been a privilege to work alongside Mary Cathryn at a national level, and I wish her the best in her next chapter. I look forward to working with the next Commissioner of Education in Minnesota to build on her success.” 


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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