MEQUON, WI — The Mequon-Thiensville School District has announced that Superintendent Demond Means has been appointed a Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States (ECS).
The organization, which serves as a national non-partisan interstate compact devoted to education, consists of governors, legislators, chief state school officers, higher education officials, business leaders and others working side-by-side to improve education at all levels. As a Commissioner, Dr. Means will help guide ECS' policy directions, help set the agenda for the annual National Forum on Education and ensure that the organization's work is relevant and timely.
“The Education Commission of the States is an important national organization that has wide influence in educational policy issues across the country,” said State Superintendent, Tony Evers. “Dr. Means’ appointment to the commission is a testament to his leadership and will have a positive impact not only on Mequon-Thiensville, but on the entire state.”
ECS offers a variety of services to its member states, including conducting research and policy analysis in areas such as high school reform, school funding, early learning and teacher leadership, and convening state, regional and national policy conferences where commissioners can share ideas and hear from education experts. It also assists in the promotion of sharing information, ideas and resources by developing networks and partnerships with legislators, governor's aides and other education leaders.
"It is a true pleasure to be selected for the commission," Dr. Means said. "I plan on taking full advantage of my time with the Education Commission by using its wide range of resources to help the students, teachers and staff of our local schools and schools across our state and country."
The Education Commission of the States will also provide technical assistance in areas such as policy audits, legislative testimony, research, meetings and consultation. The organization maintains the nation's most extensive website devoted to education policy, with information ranging from brief overviews to in-depth policy analysis.
Founded in 1965, ECS is based in Denver, Colorado, with Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota serving as its current chair. For more information, visit www.ecs.org.
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