Senate confirms John King as leader of Department of Education
The Senate voted 49 to 40 on Monday to confirm John King, Jr. as Secretary of the Department of Education for the remaining months of the Obama administration.
King has worked at the department since January 2015. He's been closely involved with efforts to improve educational outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native students, the vast majority of whom attend public schools across the nation.
"It is a shame for the country ... that still we do not provide the access and opportunity for our Native American youth that we should and must," King told tribal leaders at the National Congress of American Indians winter session in Washington, D.C., last month.