On March 26 NPR interviewed newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Education John King about his priorities for the end of the Obama Administration. With only ten months left in the term, here is what King is focused on.
- Implementing ESSA, including developing guidelines for districts and states
- Expanding access to high quality preschool
- Continuing efforts to bolster high quality teaching, including the Teach to Lead program
- Expanding access to higher education
- Accelerating efforts to improve college completion
“With Every Student Succeeds Act, we will be laying a foundation for the work that states and districts will do really over the next few years so we'll put in place essentially guard rails for the new flexibility that is available to states and districts,” King told NPR, “trying to make sure that their implementation honors the Civil Rights legacy of the law.”
Get King's interview with Eric Westervelt of NPR, “New Education Secretary: Bold Agenda. Just 10 Months To Get It Done” (March 26, 2016)
For more on what’s next after ESSA, come to the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group’s Content in Context (June 6-8, Philadelphia, PA).