Molly Spearman takes over as President of the Principals’ Association | Local News


COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman will take over the leadership of the National Association of Public School Officers.

The Council of Chief State School Officers announced that Spearman will assume the chairmanship of its board of trustees.

The council is a nonpartisan, national, nonprofit organization of public officials who direct the departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Educational Activity of the Department of Defense , the Bureau of Indian Education and five US territories.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for educators across the state, leaders have an opportunity to approach and focus more intentionally on building the citizens of the nation’s future, said Spearman in prepared remarks to attendees of the annual Policy Forum.

“Our nation’s future is in the hands of the 56 million students we serve in classrooms every day,” Spearman said in a media advisory. “We have a tremendous opportunity to develop citizens of our states and our nation who listen to each other, who appreciate a diversity of perspectives and who strive to make the world a better place by finding common ground and demonstrating respect and compassion.”

“Chiefs elected today, and those continuing their service on the Board, are essential partners in CCSSO’s continued support to states as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and modernize the education system,” said council CEO Carissa Moffat Miller. “I look forward to working with Superintendent Spearman and the rest of the board as we strive to fulfill our mission to ensure that every high school graduate is ready for college, careers and life.”


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