State Superintendent Tony Evers, alongside The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs, a series of commitments for state education agencies to consider to positively impact educational equity.
The paper was informed by state chiefs, district leaders, equity advocates, researchers, and teachers. It caps State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers' term as CCSSO board president, during which he engaged the nation's chiefs around the pressing need for action on equity.
"Across the nation, kids of color, kids with disabilities, those learning English, and those from economic disadvantage face challenges that their peers do not. And unfortunately, some of those challenges are a result of policies and practices we have influence or control over. As leaders of state education agencies, we have a moral imperative to help remove any barriers that stand in the way of a student's success," said Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Past President of the CCSSO Board of Directors.
"I am confident that the resources we have developed will help education leaders achieve that goal. I am proud of the work my fellow state chiefs have poured into this issue and would like to thank both CCSSO and the Aspen Institute Education and & Program for their assistance. My hope is that we can capitalize on the momentum we have built to close opportunity gaps for all kids."
For more information on advancing educational equity in states, visit the CCSSO website.