Washington D.C. Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement in support of Dr. John B. King's nomination to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education:
"Dr. John B. King is a remarkable leader who has devoted his life to strengthening and expanding educational opportunities for all students. His rich experience in teaching and leading schools make him exceptionally deserving to lead the U.S. Department of Education.
"Before joining the U.S. Department of Education in January 2015 as Principal Senior Advisor, Dr. King served as the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Education. Previously, Dr. King led Uncommon Schools, a network of high-performing charter public schools that exemplifies core values such as high standards, accountability, curiosity and a college-going culture. In 2010, he was inducted into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame for his significant contribution to the growth and development of charter public schools. His deep record of accomplishments and dedication to educational equity for all students make him an excellent candidate to assume the responsibilities of U.S. Secretary of Education.
"We offer our strong support to Dr. King and urge the Senate to confirm his nomination."
About Charter Schools
Charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.
About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter movement. For more information, please visit www.publiccharters.org.