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Fri Oct 2, 2015, 02:44 PM

If you thought Arne Duncan was controversial, meet his successor

By Valerie Strauss

Now that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has decided to step down in December, the U.S. Department of Education will be headed by John King. And if you thought Duncan was controversial, meet his successor.

King was the New York State education commissioner, taking over in 2011 and announcing in December 2014 that he was leaving to become Duncanís No. 2, a job officially titled ďSenior Advisor Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education,Ē according to the Education Departmentís biography. King can run the department without being officially nominated as education secretary.

Duncan himself is leaving amid strong discontent from all sides of the political spectrum with his tenure, during which he became the most powerful education secretary in U.S. history. He backed school reforms, including the Common Core State Standards and standardized test-based accountability for teachers, which became increasingly unpopular in states across the country. Last year, the nationís largest teachers union, the National Education Association, called on him to resign. And Congress is now considering legislation to rewrite No Child Left Behind that would sharply reduce the federal power Duncan wielded, a direct result of Duncanís tenure.

King was just as embattled, if not more, in New York as education commission for some of the same reasons as Duncan ó and there were numerous calls for his resignation as well. By the time he resigned, he had lost the confidence of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) (although King was appointed by the New York State Regents).

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/10/02/if-you-thought-arne-duncan-was-controversial-meet-his-successor/

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Fri Oct 2, 2015, 03:03 PM

1. Great. x(

The only comfort is knowing there isn't much time left to do anything.

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Sun Oct 4, 2015, 11:17 PM

2. Thanks for f****ng over teachers Mr. President.

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Mon Oct 5, 2015, 11:50 PM

3. Ugh.

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