- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King says “issues of equity” remain a challenge for the nation’s schools.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2h8FhqK ) that the top education official visited Rhode Island schools on Monday.

The former New York education commissioner wouldn’t talk specifically about Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s education priorities but told reporters public education is fundamental to the long-term success of the U.S. economy and democracy. King says it’s important that all children have educational opportunity regardless of their race or zip code.

Trump has named Michigan’s Betsy DeVos- a wealthy Republican donor and an advocate for school vouchers -his choice to replace King next year.

King praised Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo for her initiative to expand computer science programming to every school in the state.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com


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