New York state’s next commissioner of education—chosen last week by the board of regents to replace David Steiner, who is resigning—is a 36-year-old former teacher, charter school leader, and deputy education commissioner who helped coordinate the state’s winning, $700 million Race to the Top application.
John B. King also has played important roles in crafting the state’s standards and strategies to turn around failing schools, according to the state department of education.
Mr. King attended New York City schools and served as a managing director for Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter-management organization. He also has taught high school history in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in Boston.
A version of this article appeared in the May 25, 2011 edition of Education Week as N.Y. Education Commissioner Brings Charter Background