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Each of the 53 member states and territories in the Compact for Education is represented by seven Commissioners. Individual state statutes specify who will serve as Commissioners, but in most states they include the governor, a state senator, a state representative, and four gubernatorial appointees. One of those appointees is often the chief state school officer. Higher education leaders, state board members, and other state-level education policymakers also are frequently appointed.  

Commissioners provide leadership for ECS initiatives as well as for their states' education agendas. Because commissioners understand the substance of education issues and the process and politics of change, they can help connect good ideas and effective education policy.

ECS Commissioners:

  • Guide ECS’ work by identifying key education concerns and information needs
  • Discuss and vote on important policy matters at the Commissioner Business Session held during the annual National Forum on Education Policy
  • Play an active role at ECS meetings, such as serving as a moderator or panelist
  • Provide feedback on the usefulness of ECS initiatives, website, and publications
  • Work with ECS staff to identify state policy priorities and implement in-state projects
  • Share our resources with peers and colleagues.

The leadership at ECS includes a chair (a sitting governor), vice chair (a state legislator), and treasurer. The political party of the chair and vice chair alternate every two years. One commissioner from each state sits on the Steering Committee, which maintains broad oversight of ECS. A smaller Executive Committee guides ECS on a day-to-day basis. The Executive Committee is advised by three standing committees: Finance Committee, National Forum Planning Committee, and Nominating Committee. 

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