March 14, 2016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the nomination of John B. King Jr. to be the next Secretary of Education. King was confirmed by a vote of 49 to 40.
“I voted against Mr. King because of his record for being a strong advocate of Common Core when he was the education commissioner of New York. Common Core became a vehicle of the Obama administration to infiltrate the local education system with Washington mandates. The new Secretary will be responsible with implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act, which Congress passed to put an end to Common Core and return control of education policy to local leaders, teachers, and parents. I urge Mr. King to stay focused on the principles Congress has outlined with this new law and not turn back to values he once supported in the Obama administration's broken and failed program.”
On Dec. 9, the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), which included provisions of Inhofe’s Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act that he first introduced in the 113th Congress.