Call Senators Now – NO on John King for Education Secretary

UPDATE: On March 14th, the Senate voted to confirm John King as Education Secretary by a vote of 49 to 40.

March 11, 2016

On Monday, March 14th, the U.S. Senate will vote on the nomination of John B. King, Jr., to be Secretary of Education. Eagle Forum urges senators to reject this nomination.

King came to the Education Department after a stint as Commissioner of Education in New York State. His tenure is widely regarded as a disaster, characterized by his strong support for Common Core and disrespect for opponents. Conservatives and liberals alike greeted King’s departure from New York with relief.

Now President Obama wants King to lead the Education Department. During this administration, the department has constantly ignored limits on its authority. Despite legal prohibitions against national standards, the department pushed Common Core on the states. It continues to exceed its legal limits, bullying local districts over everything from bathrooms for transgender students to detention rates for racial and ethnic groups. The Education Department is lawless, and King would only promote this behavior.

Despite King’s baggage from his time in New York, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee voted to advance his nomination by a 16-6 vote. The full Senate must not make the same mistake. All senators should vote NO on John King’s nomination.

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