U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will give remarks and participate in a Q&A at the National School Boards Association’s Advocacy Institute at 4:15 p.m. ET, on Monday, June 13. King will discuss the important role of school boards and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Passed by both houses of Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama last year, the ESSA expands the work that this Administration, states, school districts and schools across the country have already started. The law will help build on key progress that the country has made in education over recent years—including a record high school graduation rate of 82 percent, significant expansion of high-quality preschool, and a million more African American and Hispanic students enrolled in college than in 2008. ESSA creates the opportunity to ensure a well-rounded education and to promote excellence and equity for all of the nation's students, including those in diverse urban public school systems.