CCSSO Releases Statement on New Missouri Chief

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Washington, D.C. (Nov. 20, 2018) –– The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement following the announcement of Missouri’s new commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Margie Vandeven’s commitment to Missouri students never waned and they will once again have her as an advocate at the helm, working every day to ensure they have access to a high-quality education. Vandeven’s dedication to college and career readiness for kids extended to the national level, where she was a strong voice and a valued colleague among our membership. We look forward to working with her again and seeing what’s ahead for the students of Missouri.

We have been very fortunate to work with Interim Commissioner Roger Dorson within the last year. He built on the progress underway in Missouri and worked to achieve successful outcomes for all kids across the state. We also look forward to continuing to work with Roger.


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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