WASHINGTON (December 10, 2014) — Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement today that New York State Education Commissioner John King will join the department.
“John King is a brilliant educator, with unparalleled insight into what good teaching and good schools look like. As commissioner of education in New York, he worked incredibly hard to improve teaching and learning across the state. His compass was always guided by what was right for kids, particularly the low-income children and children of color whose very futures depended on high quality education.
“Though some would quibble with his policies, none would question his deep commitment to the children of New York. His departure is a loss for the students.
“We’ll be glad to welcome him to Washington. Leaders with passion, urgency, and deep knowledge are in short supply here.”