CNMI to be represented in CCSSO conference


The CNMI Public School System would be represented in the legislative conference for the Council of Chief State School Officers, or CCSSO, in March 2017.

Associate commissioner Yvonne Pangelinan (for the office of student and support services) confirmed that Education Commissioner Cynthia Deleon Guerrero and associate commissioners Lynnette Villagomez and Jackie Quitugua would be going to the conference.

Pangelinan stressed the importance of the CCSSO legislative conference for the CNMI.

“These [conferences] are focused on critical matters regarding guidelines, expectations, funding and implications for students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, homeless youth and underrepresented populations,” said Pangelinan in an email.

“Our participation in the dialogue is critical to all of our federal programs in the CNMI. I cannot emphasize that enough,” she added.

Despite also receiving an invitation, Pangelinan would not be able to go but said she looks forward to contributing from home.

“Since my participation has not been approved, I will not be joining the team, but I intend to actively contribute to the work from here in the CNMI,” she said.

The CCSSO is a nationwide nonprofit organization of public officials heading departments of elementary and secondary education in the U.S. and its territories.

The CCSSO is comprised of every chief state school officer in the U.S. and its territories.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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