Keynote: Overcoming Barriers to Equitable Access to Quality Education: The Federal Role
Education is often described as the "Civil Rights issue of our time." That said, equitable access to quality education is paramount. John King, President and CEO of the Education Trust and former US Secretary of Education, will describe the appropriate and important federal role in making it happen — for all of the students across the country.
John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close educational opportunity and achievement gaps. King served as U.S. Secretary of Education in the Obama administration. Prior to that role, King carried out the duties of Deputy Secretary, overseeing policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, innovation, and agency operations. King joined the department following his post as New York State Education Commissioner. King began his career as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal.