What to Expect Out of John King, US Secretary of Education

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

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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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

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