STATEMENTS

March 16, 2017

STATEMENT ON EDUCATION FUNDING IN THE ADMINISTRATION’S “SKINNY” BUDGET PROPOSAL

Over a year ago, legislators from both sides of the aisle came together to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in part to provide state and district leaders with new opportunities and flexibility to support innovative, results-driven practices that address their local needs and ensure all students have the opportunity to attend great schools that will prepare them for college and careers.
March 9, 2017

STATEMENT ON CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO REPEAL ESSA REGULATIONS

Following similar action in the House of Representatives, the United States Senate voted today to pass a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the final regulations issued by the previous administration regarding implementation of school accountability and improvement systems, data reporting, and consolidated state plans required by the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.
February 9, 2017

LETTER TO U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION BETSY DEVOS

Congratulations on your recent confirmation as Secretary. As a coalition of state and district education Chiefs dedicated to excellence and equity for America’s students, we look forward to working with you to strengthen our nation’s schools. Our members lead education systems serving 4.3 million students, 288,000 teachers, and 8,200 schools. They are united by the belief that all children have the right to a quality school, and they are designing and implementing plans and policies that set the standard for innovation and boldness in our field. As you make plans for the future of education policy in our country, I encourage you to call on them for guidance.
January 26, 2017

STATEMENT ON CONTINUING PROTECTIONS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE CURRENTLY COVERED BY DACA

As leaders of America’s state and local public school systems, we urge the Administration to maintain vital protections for young people currently covered by the DACA policy. These young people are an integral part of our communities. They are students playing productive, positive roles in our schools. They are, by definition, law-abiding, hard-working young people who typically came to this country through no choice of their own. We urge our national leaders to maintain protections for them.
November 25, 2016

STATEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF THE NEXT U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION

Chiefs for Change represents 24 state and district leaders boldly committed to the 4.1 million students they serve, and all students. We believe unequivocally in bipartisan solutions to America’s significant educational challenges. The 2016 election has only strengthened that belief and made the work more urgent.
November 22, 2016

STATEMENT ON ANTWAN WILSON’S NOMINATION TO SERVE AS DC SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR

Chiefs for Change, the leading organization for results-focused state and district education Chiefs, congratulates Antwan Wilson on his nomination to serve as Chancellor of DC Public Schools in Washington, DC. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser today announced her nomination of Wilson, a Chiefs for Change member who currently serves as Superintendent in Oakland, California.
October 12, 2016

STATEMENT ON THE RELEASE OF TEACHER PREPARATION REGULATIONS

Chiefs for Change commends the regulations released today that will help ensure students have great teachers, teachers are well prepared for their jobs, and states and future educators have transparent data about the effectiveness of preparation programs. “As a country, we’re better at giving lip service to the importance of teachers than at preparing them to be successful,” said Mike Magee, CEO of Chiefs for Change, a coalition of two dozen results-oriented state education Chiefs and district superintendents. “We are pleased that these regulations incorporate the feedback of states, educators, and advocates who have emphasized the need for teachers who are ready for the classroom on day one.”
September 27, 2016

STATEMENT ON THE RELEASE OF TITLE II GUIDANCE

Any parent can tell you how important the skills of her child’s teachers and principal are. Yet for too long, our nation has missed enormous opportunities in recruiting, preparing, and supporting the people who do that vital and hard work. New guidance from the U.S. Department of Education could help states and districts change that, by providing specific examples of how they can make use of new flexibility provided under Title II, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
July 21, 2016

PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED ESSA REGULATIONS

On June 20, 2016, Chiefs for Change submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Education on proposed regulations regarding accountability and state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA reflects many of the key priorities of Chiefs for Change, and we are firmly committed to its successful implementation. Chiefs for Change is a network of diverse, bipartisan state and district education Chiefs dedicated to preparing all students for today’s world and tomorrow’s. ESSA empowers Chiefs to take on this work at the state and local levels.
July 5, 2016

LETTER TO THE HOUSE ON CTE REAUTHORIZATION

"On behalf of Chiefs for Change, I am writing in support of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, introduced by Representatives Thompson (R-­PA), Clark (D-­MA), Byrne (R-­AL), Curbelo (R-­FL), Langevin (D-­RI) and Nolan (D-­MN). We are pleased that H.R. 5587 was introduced with bipartisan cosponsors and look forward to working with the Committee on updating the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE) to help ensure more students enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-­skilled, in demand jobs..."
May 26, 2016

STATEMENT ON THE RELEASE OF ESSA REGULATIONS

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reflects many of the key priorities of Chiefs for Change, and we are firmly committed to its successful implementation. Chiefs for Change is a network of bipartisan state and district education Chiefs dedicated to preparing all students for today’s world and tomorrow’s. We want our members to be equipped to lead the 2.8 million students, 176,000 teachers, and 5,000 schools in their states and districts to success in the age of ESSA.
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