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Guest Post on George W. Bush Institute Blog: Students can meet expectations—if we challenge them

Apr 17
2014

As a parent, teacher, principal, superintendent and commissioner of education, I have witnessed the spark in a child’s eye when they are sitting in a demanding classroom, struggling with a concept but then experience the thrill of “getting it right.” This satisfaction doesn’t come from grasping something that comes easily. Instead, it comes from understanding…

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Chris Cerf Sets the Record Straight on NJEA Misinformation

Mar 06
2014

Yesterday, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf issued a memo calling attention to the NJEA’s “deliberate campaign of misinformation.” During his final day in office, he directly addressed some of the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) incorrect statements with facts. Teachers across New Jersey are working hard to implement higher standards and more meaningful evaluation systems…

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Letter of support for New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera From New Jersey Commissioner of Education

Feb 16
2014

New Mexico Senate Rules Committee 411 State Capitol 490 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe, NM 87501   Dear Selection Committee, I am writing in support of Ms. Hanna Skandera’s candidacy to serve as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Education. I currently serve as Commissioner of Education in New Jersey and previously served…

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Letter of support for New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera From Council of Chief State School Officers


2014

Senator Linda M. Lopez Chair, Senate Rules Committee 411 State Capitol 490 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe, NM 87501   Senator Lopez, As the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, the organization representing state superintendents of education across the country, I would like to emphasize the need to confirm Hanna…

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Statement of support for New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera From Tennessee Commissioner of Education


2014

“Hannah Skandera is viewed by her peers as one of the finest education leaders in America. We view New Mexico’s success in advancing high school achievement as one of the country’s most promising education reforms. Secretary Skandera consistently puts the interests of children – particularly low-income children – ahead of adult politics. I hold her…

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Chiefs for Change Statement on Improved AP Participation and Passage Rates

Feb 12
2014

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the College Board released its 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation. The report revealed that more students in Chiefs for Change states are taking and passing Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Hanna Skandera, Chair of Chiefs for Change and New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary, released the following statement: “It is encouraging…

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Chiefs for Change Statement Regarding Chris Cerf’s Service

Feb 11
2014

WASHINGTON – Today, Hanna Skandera, Chair of Chiefs for Change and New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary, released the following statement regarding Chris Cerf’s service to the students of New Jersey as Commissioner of Education: “Commissioner Cerf has placed a concerted focus on improving outcomes for all students, especially the lowest-performing. Through strong leadership and…

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Chiefs for Change Commends the FCC for E-Rate Reforms

Feb 05
2014

WASHINGTON – Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the agency will double its investment – with an additional $2 billion over the next two years – in support of broadband networks in our nation’s schools and libraries.  The FCC will also streamline the application process, increase transparency, provide more assistance to schools…

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Chiefs for Change Joins Education Leaders to Applaud the FCC Chairman’s Announcement for Much-Needed E-Rate Reforms


2014

Chiefs for Change today joined a coalition of education and technology leaders to commend Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on plans to reallocate $2 billion in existing funds over the next two years in support of broadband networks in our nation’s schools and libraries.  The FCC will also streamline the application process, increase transparency,…

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Chiefs for Change States Lead in Teacher Effectiveness Policies

Jan 30
2014

WASHINGTON – Chiefs for Change states lead the nation in teacher effectiveness policies according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook. “NCTQ’s research on best practices in teacher effectiveness policies is particularly helpful in Tennessee, where we believe this work is critical to improving the academic success of our students,” said…

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