Today the Board of Regents unanimously appointed John B. King, Jr., commissioner of education in New York State. We applaud the Board of Regents and Chancellor Tisch for making what we believe is a very wise and courageous choice.
King is a co-founder of Roxbury Prep Charter School in Boston and a former managing director of Uncommon Schools, Inc., which manages charter schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York. If you know about his childhood, you also know that there are few people in this state at the upper echelons of the education bureaucracy who personally understand just how important access to a great public school is and how vital it can be to setting one on the path to participating fully in our society – economically, socially, and politically. There are few people in those same positions who have so successfully and unapologetically done so much to increase opportunity for children.