Sen. Pavlov appointed to steering committee of leading national education organization

LANSING—The chair of a national nonpartisan compact that equips education leaders across the country has appointed state Sen. Phil Pavlov to one of the organization’s key committees.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Pavlov as Michigan’s representative to the Steering Committee of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). The Steering Committee is the commission’s primary policy-setting body.

“It has been a privilege and a joy serving as an ECS commissioner, and I look forward to new challenges working on the Steering Committee,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “The ECS fulfills a crucial role in working with education leaders in all 50 states to improve outcomes for students.”

Since January 2011, Pavlov has been one of seven ECS commissioners representing Michigan. Commissioners provide leadership for ECS initiatives and state education agendas, guide the work of ECS by identifying key education concerns and information needs, and discuss and vote on important policy matters.

Pavlov’s responsibilities will expand as a member of the Steering Committee. Among his many new obligations, Pavlov will be required to lead ECS by reviewing the organization’s performance and casting critical votes on policy and procedures; guiding ECS’ work by identifying key state education concerns and information needs where ECS resources can make the most impact; and working with ECS staff to identify in-state project opportunities and funding resources.

“The ECS does a lot of good for a lot of people,” Pavlov said. “Being on the Steering Committee will provide a unique opportunity to help shape the future of education. I can’t wait to get started.”

ECS was formed in 1965 when states banded together to collaborate and share ideas on education issues. The organization’s core purpose is to enlighten, equip and engage key education leaders—governors, legislators, chief state school officers, higher education officials, business leaders and others—to work side-by-side to improve education across the 50 states and U.S. territories.

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