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Ted Sanders, President of the Education Commission of the States, to Speak

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California Postsecondary Education Commission
1303 J Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, California 95814-2938

August 17, 2000 - Sacramento -Ted Sanders, the new president of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), will address the California Postsecondary Education Commission in the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, room 202 on Monday, August 21, 2000.

The Commission's regular public meeting begins at 9:00 a.m., with Dr. Sanders scheduled to speak at 11:00 a.m. He will brief the Postsecondary Education Commission on major educational issues facing California and the rest of the country, as well as the current challenges facing the Education Commission of the States, priorities for ECS, and his agenda as president for that organization's future.

"It is an honor to have Dr. Sanders speak here and the Commission looks forward to working with him in his important national education leadership role. Education at all levels - K-20 - is a top priority in California and his insights will serve California and other states well," stated Dr. Warren Fox, executive director of the Postsecondary Education Commission.

The Denver-based ECS is a national, nonprofit policy organization with a membership of top policy makers from every state, including governors, legislators, and chief school officers. According to Dr. Fox, ECS is on the forefront of helping shape education policies that can be tailored to meet states' differing needs. He said Governor Gray Davis, Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, State Senator Dede Alpert, and others are ECS representatives.

Fox said Dr. Sanders brings to the ECS presidency a wealth of experience, most recently as president of Southern Illinois University. Starting as a classroom teacher, Sanders was later the chief state school officer in Nevada, Illinois, and Ohio, and held the position of Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education during the administration of President Bush.

The 16-member Postsecondary Education Commission is California's higher education planning and coordinating agency. Further information about the Commission's August 21st meeting is available at the Commission Website, or by calling 916-445-1000.

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