The New York State United Teachers union, a group which had been highly critical of former state education commissioner John King, has released the following statement urging the public to contact the White House in opposition to his recent appointment as acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Education by President Barack Obama:
“New York State United Teachers is disappointed in John King’s appointment as acting U.S. Secretary of Education. NYSUT has always considered John King an ideologue with whom we disagreed sharply on many issues during his tenure as the state’s education department commissioner. Just last year, our members delivered a vote of no confidence against him and called for his resignation. NYSUT urges its members to call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 — as well as a special White House telephone line dedicated to public comments at 202-456-1111 — to express their displeasure in John King’s appointment.”
King was New York state’s education commissioner from 2011 to 2014, and had come under constant criticism from NYSUT during his attempted to implement a new Common Core curriculum, and more strict teacher evaluation standards throughout the state.