President Obama will tap former New York Education Commissioner John King to become the acting secretary of education, replacing Arne Duncan, who is stepping down at the end of the year.
King, a Brooklyn native, was the youngest education commissioner in New York history, having been appointed to the post at the age of 36 in 2011 by the Board of Regents.
King’s background is in leading charter school organizations and was the co-founder and co-director of Roxbury Preparatory Charter School.
His tenure at the Department of Education was a rocky one: The roll out of the controversial Common Core education standards was criticized by both parents and the state’s teachers unions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also was critical of the Department of Education’s handling of the implementation of the standards.
King left for the Obama administration at the end of 2014 to serve as a special advisor to Duncan.
A rocky tenure at NYSED?
That's an understatement.
Cuomo has blamed NYSED for the half-assed Common Core implementation - that was fully King's purview at SED.
Nice thing is, now he can take all that expertise at failing and bring it to the nation at large.