New education secretary starts butting heads in nation’s capital

Apr 17, 2016 by

Sen. Lamar Alexander to John King: “I’m not the only one who can read the law. You’re going to come against a coalition of groups, as broad as anything we have ever had in education…”

Just a month after being approved by the U.S. Senate as education secretary (he had been acting secretary for a few months), King has sparked the ire of none other than Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee,  chairman of the Senate education committee, who had pushed President Obama to nominate him.

What’s more, it isn’t just Alexander who isn’t thrilled with King, the former commissioner of education in New York state. King led a series of reforms in New York for 3½ years that were so badly administered that he abruptly left his position in late 2014 amid a tornado of criticism and moved to Washington to become No. 2 to then-education secretary Arne Duncan, who didn’t seem to mind King’s controversial N.Y. tenure.

Source: Didn’t take long: New education secretary starts butting heads in nation’s capital – The Washington Post

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