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John King Elected New York State Education Commissioner

Tue, 05/17/2011

Uncommon Schools (Uncommon), one of the leading nonprofit charter management organizations in the country, is proud to announce that Dr. John B King, Jr., former Uncommon Schools Managing Director, was approved unanimously yesterday as New York State Education Commissioner and President of the University of the State of New York.

Dr. King currently serves as Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education at the New York State Education Department where, for the past two years, he has led the effort to implement the Regents reform agenda and coordinated New York's successful Race to the Top application. Prior to his appointment in 2009 as Senior Deputy Commissioner, Dr. King served as a Managing Director with Uncommon and helped found several of the highest performing urban charter schools in New York. Prior to joining Uncommon, Dr. King was a Co-Founder and Co-Director for Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prepatory Charter School. Under his leadership, Roxbury Prep's students attained the highest state exam scores of any urban middle school in Massachusetts, closed the racial achievement gap, and outperformed students not only from Boston's district schools but also from the state's affluent suburbs.

Dr. King earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, a M.A. in the Teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administrative Practice from Teachers College, Columbia University. He will be New York's first African-American and first Puerto Rican Education Commissioner.

Dr. King's profound commitment to providing outstanding educational opportunities to students stems from a sense of urgency to create for other children the refuge he found as a student in New York public schools. Uncommon Schools is extremely proud of Dr. King and - most importantly - thrilled about the impact he will have on students across the entire state of New York.

About Uncommon Schools
Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing regional networks that are philosophically aligned and highly accountable. Based in New York City, the organization has created a home office from which it provides management services that allow school leaders to focus on instructional leadership. Uncommon’s expansion to Boston is an opportunity to extend its mission to close the achievement gap, at scale and on the public dollar, by: starting high-performing schools; sharing what works; and changing public policy to provide better options for students. Currently, Uncommon manages 24 schools in New York City; upstate New York; Newark, New Jersey; and Boston, Massachusetts. The organization will eventually grow to encompass 38 schools, serving nearly 14,000 K to 12th-grade students. For more information, please visit