Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Council of Chief State School Officers
Neil J. Shipman
Founded in 1927, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a membership organization representing chief executive officers of state departments of education (state superintendents of schools). Thought of by many as a liberal think tank, the council is exceptionally influential with members of the U.S. Congress, the White House, state legislatures, and likeminded professional education associations. Indeed, through its executive director and state superintendents as spokespersons, it is a leading voice for education issues on Capitol Hill. This nonprofit entity presently represents state education agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five extraterritorial jurisdictions. It is this constituency of so many chief education officers that allows CCSSO access to the major players in education policy. Popularly referred to as “chiefs” in their education and political environments, these state education leaders use CCSSO as a bully pulpit from which to advocate ...