Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy Days for Opponents of Ed Deform: John King Replaces Arne Duncan

Call the King appointment "Building the national opt-out movement one education secretary at a time."

While some of our troops in the battle against ed deform, particularly those in NY State where King served as state ed commissioner, have been tearing a their hair and rending their clothing at Duncan's replacement - ACTING, I offer cheers for the man who had such an impact in fostering NY State in having the largest opt out movement in the entire nation with 20% opting out (Let's pray for a doubling - or more - this year.)

Some people say we must put up a battle to stop King from being appointed permanently - which will never happen anyway because Obama does not want to see King in front of a Republican committee that will tear him to shreds on common core. King can slog through the next 15 months in the acting role. I say, "celebrate."

King was an executive at Uncommon Schools, which, as Michael Fiorillo points out, "is among the most revanchist of boot camp, behavior modification, student-shaming charter schools."

Someone should ask Hillary if she supports King's appointment and let the merriment begin. Ask Bernie too. Maybe Trump also.

And since King was replaced by Elia can we long forward to Elia replacing King if he crashes and burns?

Here is the NYS Allies for Public Education

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US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Steps Down - New Yorkers Declare John King No Better

The announcement of John King to replace Arne Duncan as US Education Secretary is bad news for the nation, according to NYS Allies for Public Education, a coalition of more than 50 parent and educator groups throughout the state. 

“Throughout his term in New York, John King was notorious for his complete disconnect from parents, teachers, and school officials. His blatant disregard for concerned parents and educators fueled opt outs to historic numbers. Our only hope is that this bizarre move by the White House will have the same effect across the country, spreading the Opt Out movement to every corner of the nation,” said Jeanette Deutermann, Long Island public school parent and founder of Long Island Opt Out. 

“Former NYS Commissioner of Education John King helped create an educational disaster for New York and our children are still feeling the devastating effects,” said Eric Mihelbergel, Erie County public school parent and co-founder of NYSAPE.

“John King was relentless in pushing the inappropriate Common Core standards, flawed curriculum, defective exams, and an invalid teacher evaluation system on our schools, all of which caused more than 200,000 parents to opt out of the state exams last spring,” said Lisa Rudley, Westchester County public school parent.

“King was a catastrophe as New York’s Education Commissioner.  Throughout his administration, his policies were on a constant collision course with parents, teachers and good sense,” said Bianca Tanis, Ulster County public school parent and teacher.

Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters, and co-chair of the Parent Coalition to Protect Student Privacy explained, “John King stubbornly refused to listen to concerns of parents, Superintendents, and legislators on the need to protect student privacy, and under his leadership, New York was the only state in the country in which it took an act of the Legislature to compel the state to pull out of inBloom.”

Marla Kilfoyle, a teacher and public school parent on Long Island, pointed out: “King left in disgrace in December 2014, with no political capital remaining and few supporters left.   A year before the state's teachers voted ‘no confidence’ in him and called for his removal by the Board of Regents.”

“The fact that Obama would choose to double-down on the test-driven agenda that King espoused, when polls show voters rejecting these policies in increasing numbers, indicates just how unwilling this administration has been to acknowledge the depth of  parents' opposition to Common Core and high-stakes testing,” said Nancy Cauthen, NYC parent from Change the Stakes.

Jessica McNair, Oneida County public school parent and educator concluded, “This new distressing development makes it even more important that NCLB must be revamped as soon as possible by Congress to take power out of the hands of the Department of Education.  Otherwise, John King will continue to wreak damage on our public school children and their schools.”


  1. I had to read this post twice. Make King permanent. Let him testify all over the place. Will he now be entitled to a NYS pension and a federal pension? Obama rocks! Do not let me hear even one more person say Obama supports public education.

    Abigail Shure

  2. This will be interesting. There are many things that only a Cabinet Secretary "confirmed" by the Senate can do but which an "Acting" Secretary cannot. I'm not an expert at any of this but I'm going to guess he can't sign contracts, execute procurements, make certain internal personnel know, the stuff that "real" Cabinet Secretaries do.

    I'll be surprised if he can even sign his own mail.

  3. And of course he had to get the job with chicanery and angle working, a job he really doesn't even have. Has this guy ever met the requirements of any job he's held or do his puppetmasters always force him on everyone? Never mind we all know that answer. It will be goof to have this fool to kick around again.


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