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Obama King appointment: AQE 'troubling choice,' NYSUT 'disappointed,' StudentsFirstNY 'incredibly proud,' SUNY Zimpher 'a true champion.'
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For Immediate Release:

Wendy Liberatore, Statewide Communications Coordinator, AQE / (518) 432-5315 ext. 102; cell-(518) 491-0454


Dr. John B . King Jr.: A Troubling Choice to Replace Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced he will step down. He will be replaced by former New York State Education Department Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr. In response, the Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement.

"It is a troubling choice because John King's tenure in New York was unsuccessful. He was not open to parent input on issues from improving struggling schools to the use of standardized testing. He probably has done more to inspire opt outs than any person in the country except Andrew Cuomo."

Billy Easton, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education



October 2, 2015


Michael Nitzky


StudentsFirstNY Statement on Appointment of John King as Acting U.S. Secretary of Education

"We're incredibly proud that our hometown hero and friend John King has been tapped for Acting Secretary of Education. He will bring an intellectual rigor, exceedingly high standards, and a clear vision for improving schools for all children. John King is driven by a deep conviction that children from any background can succeed and we're confident he will fight for all students across this nation," said StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.