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May 22, 2013


Gelser, Thompson to Co-chair CSG Education Committee

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Oregon Rep. Sara Gelser and Idaho Rep. Jeff Thompson have been appointed as co-chairs of The Council of State Governments’ Education Public Policy Committee for the 2013-14 biennium. The committee is designed to encourage multi-state problem solving and sharing of best practices, and to facilitate networking among state officials in all three branches of government and between the public and private sectors.

“I am eager to work with my colleagues across the country as co-chair of The Council on State Governments’ Education Committee,” Gelser said. “CSG is an extraordinary organization with the unique capacity to draw together leaders from every branch of government, every political party and every corner of our continent to develop policies that work for the people state governments serve.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as co-chairman of the CSG Education and Public Policy Committee,” Thompson added. “I look forward to working with individuals and organizations as we work together to empower our students as they embrace common core standards, therefore becoming deeper learners, resulting in becoming college- and career-ready. I also look forward to collaborating with individuals in education, state officials and in the public and private sector as we work to make our schools safer and meet the emerging challenges that face education today.”
Pam Goins, CSG’s director of education policy, said the Education Public Policy Committee “provides a forum for state leaders to address emerging challenges and issues arising from dynamic educational conditions. Over the next biennium members will focus on emerging trends, innovative and effective solutions, and viable policy positions and response projects.”

“I look forward to working with partners across the country to develop and refine policy ideas that will help close the persistent opportunity gap for disadvantaged students and help states empower all of their students to graduate from high school and postsecondary education with the skills they need to live, work and thrive in a 21st century world,” Gelser said.
CSG’s national leaders in concert with the committee’s membership establish committee priorities. The policy priorities for this biennium are college- and career-readiness, assessment and accountability systems, preparation for teachers and school leaders, college completion and funding options for postsecondary education.


The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.