CCSSO Releases Statement on Tennessee Chief

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Washington, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2018) –– The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement today after Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced her resignation:

“Candice McQueen’s strong leadership and bold vision for Tennessee’s schools helped Tennessee become a fast-improving state in K-12 education.

During her time as state chief, she has been a staunch supporter for improved teacher preparation programs, the expansion of career pathways to prepare students for success in college and career and the adoption of early literacy programming. Candice also brought her insights and experiences to the national level, testifying before Congress on her work in Tennessee and serving on CCSSO’s Board of Directors to inform our efforts on behalf of students across the country.

I look forward to working with Candice in her new role at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, as she continues to be a lifelong advocate for educators and students.”


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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