Press | Statement on Nomination of John B. King for U.S. Secretary of Education

New York, NY—New Leaders is thrilled to learn that President Obama will nominate and ask Congress to confirm Dr. John B. King, Jr. as U.S. Secretary of Education. For the past year, first as Acting Deputy Secretary and most recently as Acting Secretary, Dr. King has demonstrated a deep, unwavering commitment to our nation’s students, their families, and the dedicated teachers and leaders who serve them—particularly in the highest-need schools and communities. His unmatched dedication to equity, coupled with his experience as a successful teacher, principal, and system leader, make him especially well-suited to lead the U.S. Department of Education as it supports states, districts, and schools to implement new provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

A former New Leaders board member, Dr. King recognizes that the success of any school improvement effort depends on the quality and strength of our nation’s school leaders. He is uniquely qualified to direct the Department’s support for leaders at the classroom, school, district, and state levels so that they may take advantage of the opportunities ESSA presents. We have utmost confidence in Dr. King’s ability to engage diverse partners across the education sector to ensure that every student in our PK-12 system is prepared for success in college, careers, or whatever their next step in life may be.