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Former U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King has landed a teaching post at the University of Maryland.
King, now a visiting professor in the College of Education, will teach a course on education policy while remaining president and CEO of The Education Trust.
“Education has the power to be the great equalizer — a force that can overcome differences of race, and background, and poverty and privilege,” King said upon accepting his new post. “But in too many places across the country students of color and those from low-income families do not have equitable access to opportunities that will allow them to reach their full academic potential.”
King also served from 2011 to 2016 as the first African-American commissioner of education for the state of New York.
The Harvard University and Yale Law School graduate holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University.