John King, senior advisor delegated duties of deputy secretary of education, and Roberto Rodríguez, deputy assistant to the President for education, will participate in a moderated conversation ("fireside chat") with Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), during the Council's annual Policy Forum on Saturday, Nov. 21, in Charlotte, North Carolina. King and Rodríguez will discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the President's Testing Action Plan, and the Administration's equity agenda, as well as top education priorities for the next 14 months.
The forum began on Thursday, Nov. 19, and will run through Nov. 21. Its focus is on ensuring that all students, regardless of background, are prepared for success in college, careers, and life. That goal drives CCSSO's work across a broad spectrum of efforts to boost student achievement—from increasing access to a strong early childhood education, to paving higher quality career readiness pathways, to building better educator preparation programs.
CCSSO is a nationwide, nonpartisan and nonprofit membership organization of state superintendents of education. The organization is committed to reforming the public education system in four strategic areas: educator workforce; information systems and research; next generation learners; and standards, assessment, and accountability.