President Donald Trump has named John King as his pick to be the next secretary of education.
King, who was the top lawyer at the Justice Department in the Obama administration, will replace Betsy DeVos, who is retiring.
He will be Trump’s second secretary of Education.
The White House says he has been vetted by the department.
President Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos at the White House in Washington, DC, on Monday, June 26, 2021.
Trump, a Republican, is a vocal supporter of charter schools and the idea that parents should have the right to choose where their children go to school.
He has also vowed to roll back the Education Department’s rules governing charters and vouchers.
Trump has called for the repeal of the No Child Left Behind Act, which helped the nation’s education system.
The nomination comes as the education secretary race heats up in Michigan, which is a swing state that was key to the 2016 presidential election.
DeVos, a billionaire businessman, has said she is open to working with the Trump administration on education.
“As Secretary of Education, my job is to ensure that students have access to a quality education and the resources they need,” DeVos said in a statement.
“My commitment is to working to ensure students, teachers, and parents have the resources and tools they need to make the most of their education experience.
I will continue to focus on this critical issue and work closely with the President to ensure we protect the best of our schools, the children, and families.”
The Washington Post reports that DeVos is the second choice of some of Trump’s top advisers, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who recently took over as White House chief of staff.
The Washington Times reported that former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met with President Donald J. Trump at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday.
DeVos’ nomination comes on the heels of a string of scandals in the Trump White House, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the firing last week of the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, and the resignation of acting Attorney General Sally Yates.