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Obama to Appoint former NYSED Commissioner John King as Acting Education Secretary

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President Barack Obama is slated to appoint former New York State Education Commissioner John King to the post of Education Secretary, as a replacement for Arne Duncan, who will be stepping down in December, according to reports.

Duncan reportedly said he will be returning to Chicago to spend time with his family, in an email to his staff.

Obama will reportedly ask King to step in as the acting secretary of the education department for the remainder of his administration.

According to the Associated Press, “John comes to this role with a record of exceptional accomplishment as a lifelong educator — a teacher, a school leader, and a leader of school systems,” Duncan said in an email to department officials.

King, 40, had currently been deputy education secretary for the department, after leaving his role in the New York State Education Department to join the president’s administration in 2014.

King had been the first black official, appointed by the New York State Board of Regents, to serve as the state’s education chief, prior to overseeing the state’s controversial rollout of Common Core standards during his tenure at NYSED; while also receiving significant pushback from parents and teachers during the process.

“John King was an extraordinary leader, and an incredible partner, in his four-and-a-half years as New York’s commissioner,”  Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch said in a statement. “I applaud the president’s choice, and know John will do an extraordinary job for all of America’s children.”