State Education Commissioner John King, who has had a tumultuous tenure since he was unanimously appointed by the Board of Regents in May 2011, is poised to announce he’s leaving for a job in the Obama administration, TWC News has confirmed.
The commissioner will be taking a job as the second-in-command at the US Department of Education, headed by Arne Duncan.
Given that the Obama administration is out of steam with its education initiatives, especially with a Republican Congress coming into power that looks like it will defund Race to the Top, the Common Core testing consortia and a host of other Obama reform programs, it's hard to know why exactly King is leaving NYSED for the USDOE.
It's not like there's going to be a whole host of reformy things for Kingsie and Arne to do together in these last two years of the administration.
Still, bon voyage, John - don't let the door hit you on the way out.
And don't worry, you'll be able to find a school that doesn't have Common Core for your kids to attend in DC.
Maybe the same school Obama sends his kids to?