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SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

McConnell Urges Secretary of Education Nominee to Commit to Implementing K-12 Education Law as Intended by Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met today with Dr. John King, the nominee for Secretary of the Department of Education, in his office in the United States Capitol.

During the meeting, Senator McConnell called on Dr. King to commit to implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as intended by Congress. ESSA, the most significant K-12 education reform in well over a decade, replaced a broken law with conservative reforms that will help students succeed instead of helping Washington, D.C. grow. It passed Congress with strong bipartisan support last year and was signed into law by the President.

“I appreciate Dr. King meeting with me today to discuss his plans as to how he would implement the Every Student Succeeds Act if his nomination is approved by the Senate,” Senator McConnell said. “The bipartisan legislation we passed last year restores state flexibility in education and limits the ability of the administration to legislate through regulation. It would grow the kind of flexibility we’ve seen work so well in states like Kentucky, and it would stop federal bureaucrats from imposing the kind of top-down, one-size-fits-all requirements that we all know threaten that progress. ESSA also puts education decisions back in the hands of those that know what is needed most–parents, students, teachers, and local and state officials–and I look forward to seeing what Kentucky and other states will achieve under a law that fully empowers them to do what’s right for their students.”

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) reported Dr. King’s nomination today. The Senate has not yet scheduled a vote on his nomination.

Senator McConnell and Secretary of Education Nominee King meet in Washington, D.C. Photo Courtesy: Ofc. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell

Senator McConnell and Secretary of Education Nominee King meet in Washington, D.C. Photo Courtesy: Ofc. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell



Nationwide — At 13 years old, David Hill II, was recognized as one of the youngest and first African-Americans in the State of New York to earn an A grade in college mathematics during his summer break. He graduated from high school at 16 years old in the top of his graduating class while completing 53 college credits. Early on, he developed a passion for computational science and engineering, while leading the software programming team with FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge in New York.

A senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prize, Claes Nobel stated, I am proud to announce that David Hill has been selected to become a member of our esteemed

Howard student David Hill. Photo Courtesy:

Howard student David Hill. Photo Courtesy:

organization as a National Scholar. I am also honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that David has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of excellence.”

In addition, to this recognition, David was also inducted into the National Honor Society and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

During most school breaks, he effectively leverages his time to grow and learn. He spent previous summers at Northwestern University learning about leadership, at Cornell University learning about engineering and Dartmouth College learning about mathematics.

The summer immediately after high school he accepted a software engineering internship at the technology giant Corning Incorporated where he successfully contributed to the software and modeling simulation group.

Although he earned acceptance to the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Virginia and New York University last fall; he decided to attend the historic Howard University engineering program because of the multidisciplinary practical learning opportunities and merit scholarship.

“I am currently a rising college junior at 17 years old conducting cyber-security research on global satellite systems with Dr. Gerard Bloom and find it very interesting,” Hill said. “Shadowing with Cisco Systems during my spring break will allow me to develop market driven skills and obtain a practical perspective of market dynamics in the technology industry.”

Motivational speaker Orrin Hudson, pictured with TV/ radio personality Steve Harvey. Photo Courtesy:

Motivational speaker Orrin Hudson, pictured with TV/ radio personality Steve Harvey. Photo Courtesy:



Atlanta, GA — Humanitarians from all over the world will gather at the fifth annual Global Humanitarian Summit March 18-20, to network, share, and inspire others to do good in the world. The Summit, which this year is dedicated to former President Jimmy Carter, will take place at Unity North Atlanta Church, 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, and will honor ordinary people doing extraordinary things and encourage attendees to do more to make the world a better place for all.

Orrin Checkmate Hudson, founder of Be Someone, Inc., will speak at the Summit. Hudson will bring Be Someones message to the podium when he talks about building character, embracing hope, and inspiring young people to believe in themselves and to know that they can set and achieve lifetime goals, realize their full potential, make the right moves, and… Be Someone.

As in previous years, hundreds of individuals and organizations working on basic human needs like clean air, water, food, shelter, and healthcare will gather to share what they are doing to make the world a better place. Summit organizers goal is to both share good news stories from around the world and encourage even more good works in the name of humanity.

Keynote speakers include Mrs. Naomi Ruth Barber King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister-in-law; Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, Desmond Tutus daughter; Karin Ryan, Director of the Human Rights Program at the Carter Center; Dr. Neil Shulman, Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine and author of the book the movie Doc Hollywood was based on; and more.

The Summit is free, open to the public, and offers a full three-day agenda of informative programs including exhibits, panels, workshops and entertainment.

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