Senator Lamar Alexander Gives John King a Stern Lecture

Diane Ravitch's blog

New Secretary of Education John King must have thought he could follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Arne Duncan and tell the states and districts what to do. Congress made it clear in the Every Student Succeeds Act that it was curtailing the Secretary’s power. King is now overseeing the drafting of new regulations to implement ESSA, and Senator Lamar Alexander–who led the effort to write ESSA–didn’t like what he saw. He gave King a strong reprimand at Senate hearings yesterday.

Here is a report from a Knoxville newspaper on some of their exchanges:

“U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander angrily accused the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday of blatantly ignoring part of the new school reform law that Congress passed last year with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“In an unusual public scolding, Alexander told Education Secretary John B. King Jr. the department is not adhering to a key section…

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