John King, education commissioner for the state of New York, has been tapped by President Obama to head up the Department of Education. King replaces Arne Duncan, who is resigning to go back to Chicago.
King was incredibly unpopular in New York for pushing Common Core on school districts. He even enraged the teachers unions, who called for his resignation. Instead, Obama is going to impose this radical on the rest of the country.
The fall of 2013 was arguably the most difficult period of King’s three-and-a-half year tenure as education commissioner in New York, where, as the state’s first black and first Latino schools chief, he led the implementation of the Common Core standards, controversial state exams aligned to the more difficult material, and teacher performance evaluations based partially on the tests.
After the Oct. 10, 2013, assembly devolved into chaos, King canceled (and subsequently rescheduled under pressure) the rest of his planned statewide tour, accusing “special interests” of co-opting the raucous crowd.