U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will resign at the end of the year. His replacement will be Deputy Secretary John King Jr. Mr. King was Commissioner of Education in New York prior to going to D.C. in January 2015.
A NY Times article about King’s departure from New York stated that King was the center of a contentious debate about testing, teacher evaluation and training and charter schools. He oversaw the first administration of the Common Core tests in New York and was firm in his commitment to the test and evaluation system. He was named in a lawsuit filed by a teacher’s union and parents over a property tax cap that they argued would further the funding gap between wealthy and poor districts. The NY State United Teachers Union gave King a vote of no confidence last spring lobbied against his appointment.