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Former U.S. Secretary of Education to Deliver Keynote Address at 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

John King Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Education and president and CEO of The Education Trust, will deliver a keynote address on Thursday, May 31 at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. King, a lifelong educator and administrator, will discuss the Conference pillar Is Michigan Prepared? He will share his experiences advancing excellence for every student, supporting educators, and improving college affordability and completion rates.

During his service under President Obama’s administration, King oversaw all education policies for preschool through 12th grade. He focused on closing the achievement gap and leading cross-agency collaboration for President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” task force.

Before his tenure in the White House, King served as the education commissioner for the state of New York, overseeing 3.1 million students at the elementary and secondary school level. Under his leadership, New York invested in high-quality early learning, developed innovative educator career ladder models, and increased educational opportunities for low-income communities.