CCSSO Releases Statement on Tennessee Chief

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Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2023) – Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement on the announcement that Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn will be departing later this year.

“Commissioner Schwinn has been an incredible advocate for the students of Tennessee for more than four years, always keeping them at the center of her work as she implemented a new funding formula, high-quality literacy standards, a high-dosage tutoring initiative and other programs to help all students recover from the pandemic and set them on the path to success in college and careers. Under the Commissioner’s leadership, Tennessee created the first federally recognized registered teacher apprenticeship program, which is being replicated across the country,” said CCSSO CEO Carissa Moffat Miller. “We appreciate Commissioner Schwinn’s service on CCSSO’s Board of Directors, and I wish her the best in her next steps.” 


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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