PRESS STATEMENT

NCLR Applauds the Confirmation of Dr. John King to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Education

March 15, 2016

Contact:
Julian Teixeira
(202) 776-1812
jteixeira@nclr.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday in a 49-40 bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. John B. King Jr. as U.S. Secretary of Education. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the Senate for the smooth confirmation of Dr. King. He is a superbly qualified candidate to lead the U.S. Department of Education, especially through the first year of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

“Throughout his decades-long career in education, Dr. King has consistently fought for educational equity, serving as an advocate and a voice for vulnerable children in our education system,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “Dr. King’s experience in the classroom and as an education leader at the local, state and federal levels provides him with a unique perspective on the needs of students and teachers and on the best practices for implementing our education laws effectively. An Afro-Latino himself, Dr. King reflects the growing diversity of America’s student body, as more than half of all students are either Black, Asian American or Latino.”

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.