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John King (New York)

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John King
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New York Commissioner of Education
In office
June 15, 2011 - present
Years in position 4
PredecessorDavid Steiner
Base salary$212,500
Elections and appointments
AppointedMay 16, 2011
Appointed byNew York State Board of Regents
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sTeachers College, Columbia University
J.D.Yale Law School
Ph.D.Teachers College, Columbia University
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
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John King is the New York Commissioner of Education. He has served in this position since June 15, 2011.[1]
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Prior to his appointment as Commissioner of Education, King served as Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education at the New York State Education Department for two years. Before that he was a education leader, founding and leading urban public schools. This included serving as a Managing Director with Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter management organization. He was Co-Founder and Co-Director for Curriculum and Instruction of Roxbury Preparatory Charter School.[2]


  • B.A. in Government, Harvard University
  • M.A. in the Teaching of Social Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • Ed.D. in Educational Administrative Practice from Teachers College, Columbia University

Political career

New York Commissioner of Education (2009-present)

Steiner has served as New York Commissioner of Education since June 15, 2011.



The New York State Board of Regents named King as New York Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York on May 16, 2011. King stated, "My life story is about the power of schools to shape lives, even against great odds. Through my experiences as a teacher, as a school leader, and as Senior Deputy Commissioner, working with superintendents, principals, and teachers across this state, I know that all of our schools can be places that ensure our children succeed."[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Steiner
New York Commissioner of Education
Succeeded by