STATEMENTS

November 13, 2017

STATEMENT ON USED SUPPLEMENTAL PRIORITIES

Chiefs for Change supports the thrust of the 11 supplemental priorities put forward by the U.S. Department of Education (the Department), such as those that would support better opportunities for historically underserved populations; improvement in science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM) education; stronger teaching and school leadership; and education as a vehicle for expanded economic opportunities. Particularly, we strongly support the priorities and subpriorities focused on pathways for teachers to lead both in and outside of the classroom and those related to innovation, efficiency, and reducing burden, as we have numerous members who have been leading promising initiatives in those areas.
September 19, 2017

LETTER ON TITLE II, PART A FUNDING

Chiefs for Change (CFC), a coalition of over two dozen state and district education chiefs, serving 5.3 million students and 330,000 teachers, and dedicated to excellence and equity for all students, urge Congress to fund the Title II, Part A (Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants) at no less than $2.055 billion, the FY 2017 appropriation. As education leaders who have implemented successful education reforms around the country, we believe that Title II-A, the largest Federal resource dedicated specifically for the development of teachers and school leaders, is vital to our efforts.
August 28, 2017

STATEMENT ON DACA CONTINUED PROTECTION

As a bipartisan group of leaders of state and district education systems, we stand together to urge continued protection for the law-abiding young people known as Dreamers. They have grown up and been educated as Americans; most came here through no choice of their own, and many know no other country. They are working to make our communities richer and stronger. Pushing them into the shadows would hurt our schools and communities. We call for lasting protection for such students under the law, in the form of bipartisan immigration reform, and until that law exists, we in the strongest terms urge the Trump administration to maintain the protections that now exist under the DACA policy.
August 8, 2017

FEEDBACK TO THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ON AGENCY REFORM

We believe the U.S. Department of Education (ED) plays an important role in protecting the rights -- and advocating for the needs -- of all of students, especially those who have been historically underserved. ED’s role can, and should, be exercised in various ways, including (1) regulations, (2) non-regulatory guidance, (3) peer review and monitoring, (4) technical assistance, and (5) transparent reporting, research, and communications.
July 12, 2017

CHIEFS FOR CHANGE STATEMENT ON HOUSE FY18 APPROPRIATIONS BILL

We are deeply disappointed that the House FY18 appropriations bill would eliminate funding for the Title II-A program -- over $2 billion that represents the best hope for innovation in how teachers and principals develop their craft and serve students well. We urge members of Congress to ensure any FY18 spending bill includes robust funding for critical programs, like Title II-A, so that our members can continue to lead the country in using those funds effectively on behalf of the students and educators they serve.
June 27, 2017

STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF OUR COLLEAGUE MITCHELL CHESTER

The entire Chiefs for Change community is deeply saddened by the death of our colleague and friend Mitchell Chester. For the past decade, Mitchell has been one of the nation’s boldest and most effective education leaders. We have all learned so much from him about how to lead on behalf of the children and families we serve. Our thoughts are with his wife, Angela, and their family. Rest in peace, Mitchell.
June 8, 2017

STATEMENT ON HANNA SKANDERA’S TENURE IN NEW MEXICO

For more than six years, Hanna Skandera has been a bold and innovative leader of New Mexico’s public school system, transforming it from one lagging behind the nation to one that is experiencing remarkable growth across every objective measure of student success. She has also been part of the fabric of Chiefs for Change since its inception, and her vision for a diverse community of education Chiefs has long guided our work. I'm immensely grateful to her and inspired by the work she led in New Mexico. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.
May 23, 2017

STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PROPOSED BUDGET

Today, President Trump released his proposed federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The President’s budget has some bright spots, such as increased funding to help more students attend quality public charter schools. However, we are deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has proposed slashing more than $9.2 billion for education programs, including the entire Title II-A program to support high-quality teachers and school leaders.
May 22, 2017

STATEMENT ON SCHOOL CHOICE

While the national discourse focuses on the merits of school choice initiatives in their own right and for their own sakes, as leaders of state and local education systems, as educators of diverse regional, political, and professional backgrounds, we believe that these policies are better thought of as means to critical ends, and that the goal of these and other education policies should be, above all else, the enhancement of skills for America's youngest generation and expanded opportunity for children to thrive as adults.
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.
September 9, 2016

LETTER ON INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT PILOT

The Institute has been assisting Chiefs for Change and a number of their member states and districts in supporting their consideration of applying for the Demonstration Authority. Our work has been informed by a number of nationally recognized experts in assessment design and implementation. After extensive discussions, we offer the following thoughts and a recommendation for your consideration.
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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