On March 14, 2016, the US Senate confirmed John King as the next US Secretary of Education. In December 2015, Senator Lamar Alexander told President Obama to nominate someone and that he (Alexander) would “make sure he was confirmed.”
Sure enough, that is what happened.
According to Alexander, his push for a Senate-confirmed US ed secretary is to have that person officially accountable to the Senate as Alexander’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is implemented in schools beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
With his No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers, former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (with the blessing of Obama) effectively dominated and bullied state education systems. Alexander’s ESSA includes language that is supposed to rein in any future would-be Duncans who might try do the same.
Still, it is possible for a US ed secretary to ignore ESSA language and try to do as he pleases…
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