“I am honored to have been elected to serve on such a well-respected board of my counterparts across the country,” Barge said in a press release. “We are often told that Georgia is a national leader in education reform, and being selected to serve on this board is a testament to that good work. The initiatives that The Council of Chief State School Officers is engaged in are extremely important for the future of education in our country. One of the most important issues we are working on together is encouraging Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act so it is more flexible for states to develop their own school improvement plans.”
The 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, 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.