FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 16, 2011
Speaker Silver Statement On
Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr.
I join my colleague, Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan, in applauding the appointment of Dr. John B. King, Jr. as the new State
Education Commissioner by the State Board of Regents. Dr. King, a former high school history teacher, has been nationally recognized for
lifting student achievement in urban settings and will bring a fresh perspective to the challenges facing our educational system. From his
co-founding of a top-performing charter school in Boston to his recent work as Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education, he has
built upon his remarkable personal story and experiences as a student in the New York City public school system. We look forward to
working with him as we continue our efforts to ensure that all our students have access to a quality education and opportunities for training
and higher education.