Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. may not be “acting” in his role much longer. President Barack Obama has officially nominated King for the post.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee, has been urging the White House to nominate someone to succeed former Secretary Arne Duncan since December. Alexander has stressed the importance of having a confirmed secretary oversee regulation of the new Every Student Succeeds Act. He hit on that theme again when the nomination was announced Feb. 11 and said King would receive a “prompt and fair” hearing in the committee.
A version of this article appeared in the February 17, 2016 edition of Education Week as U.S. Secretary King Soon Could Shed ‘Acting’ Label