State Education Chief Testifies at House Hearing on Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education

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Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2020) – North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson today testified at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing, “Budget Cuts and Lost Learning: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education.”

Johnson, in prepared testimony, said North Carolina will use federal CARES Act aid to protect the health and safety of students and educators, and to innovate and spread the strategies and tools to help every child succeed in school.

“This innovation is more important than ever. We are going to see a significant loss of learning as a result of this crisis,” Johnson said in prepared remarks. “When students return in the fall, we will need to help all students catch up, but we don’t have to do that with one-size-fits all strategies. The technology and curriculum options we are purchasing can also help teachers more easily meet students at their ability levels and help students catch up at their own pace.”

See Johnson’s prepared testimony online.


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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