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The Patchogue-Medford school district on Long Island in New York adopted a resolution in opposition to the confirmation of John King as U.S. Secretary of Education.
“February 22, 2016
The Board of Education of the Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District would like to go on the record as opposing the confirmation of Dr. John B. King, Jr. as United States Secretary of Education. Dr. King formerly served as Commissioner of Education in the State of New York and based on this tenure in this position we have the following primary concerns:
Dr. King was responsible for the implementation of the No Child Left Behind federal regulations and the introduction of the Common Core Standards in New York State. This was a total failure and caused countless problems in the field of education. All of his actions have now been reversed and/or under review by the Governor, New York State Legislature and the New York State Board of Regents. We are concerned that his failure to successfully implement these programs will now be repeated with a failure to implement the new Every Student Succeeds Act, a far more reaching education law for a much larger constituency.
Dr. King was extremely unresponsive to the input of parents and educational professionals. We are concerned that this failure to consider the data and opinions provided by these groups will continue if he is confirmed as Secretary of Education.
Dr. King has intimated that communities which have low participation levels in state assessments will be subject to an embargo of their federal funding. The lack of participation is the result of parental choice, which is clearly a constitutional right in our country, and are not under the control of local educational agencies. Regretfully our community, and those like it, rely very heavily on federal and state aid to run our district. We have a very large percentage of students who are new to our country and do not speak or read English. Many of our students receive free and/or reduced lunch, as well. We are concerned that this loss of funding, due to circumstances which we do not control, will compromise our ability to educate our students.
We cannot help but conclude that amplifying Dr. King’s abject failure as the leader of the educational establishment in New York State to the federal level is good for no one.
It is our recommendation that the President of the United States nominate, for our nation, a Secretary of Education who is proven leader in education, who has extensive public school experience, and proven success, as a both a teacher and administrator, who will be responsive to others, while being empathetic to the realistic needs of our nation’s students and working with the educational community.
Again, we urge you to oppose the nomination of Dr. John B. King, Jr. as Secretary of Education. We have included a very informative article by Dr. Carol Burris regarding Dr. King with this letter.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of our request.
The Board of Education of the Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District