St. Paul, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz recently appointed Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) as one of Minnesota’s members on the Education Commission of the States. In this role, Senator Wiger will work with legislators across the country in inter-state efforts to advance effective education policy.
“I thank Governor Walz for the honor of serving on the ECS, which is a great opportunity to work together with bipartisan leaders in creating smart education policy across the country,” said Senator Wiger. “Education has always been my highest priority in the legislature, and this role will bring new opportunities to work with legislative colleagues who bring fresh perspectives and ideas in education policy.”
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) tracks policy, translates research, provides advice and “creates opportunities for state policymakers to learn from one another”. ECS was founded as a result of the creation of the Compact for Education, an interstate compact approved by Congress and works with all 50 U.S. states, three territories (American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands) and the District of Columbia. Senator Wiger was previously appointed to the ECS by Governor Dayton and he also served on ECS with former Governor Tim Pawlenty, who was then the ECS chair.
As appointed, Senator Wiger will continue to serve on the Commission of the States’ Steering Committee and Nominating Committee. The Steering Committee plays an important leadership role for Education Commission of the States with responsibilities such as providing major program direction, recommending bylaw changes and approving the strategic plan, annual budget and annual report. The Nominating Committee makes nominations for Education Commission of the States officers, Steering Committee positions, awards and recognitions, and other nominations such as chair, etc. The committee also can make recommendations to the chair for appointments to task forces and advisory committees.
About Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger is a state senator who represents the northeast metropolitan communities of Maplewood, Oakdale, North St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Birchwood, Mahtomedi, and Willernie. He is the Ranking Member of the E-12 Finance Committee, and a member of the Capital Investment and Local Government committees.