Sen. Burr Votes No on Nomination of Common Core Champion

WASHINGTON – Today, in a session of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) voted against the nomination of former New York State Education Commissioner to be Secretary of Education.

Sen. Burr released the following statement on the vote:

“Today, I voted against John King’s nomination for Secretary of Education because he is clearly the wrong person for the job. We need someone who will listen to teachers and parents. John King has demonstrated that he is not that person. While serving as State Education Commissioner in New York, he made education worse by forcing big government Common Core standards on teachers and students, and pushing policies that violated student privacy. In addition to promoting bad policy, King exhibited poor judgement as a manager – knowingly allowing lawbreakers to continue serving in senior positions without penalty.”