Obama's education secretary does not want critical race theory taught in school but supports a 'truthful account' of America's history with slavery

Republican attacks on K-12 race education feel personal for Maryland gubernatorial candidate John King, not just as a former social studies teacher and education secretary for the first Black US president, but also as the descendent of a man who was enslaved.

John King on Climate: ‘Many of My Opponents Have Vague Policy Platitudes’

King pledges to get Maryland to net-zero carbon emissions by 2035, with an interim goal of a 60% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030, and his plan lays out specific goals for distinct sectors.

Former Education Secy. says critical race theory sends a 'false message about what's happening'

Former Secretary of Education and Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, John King, joined Stephanie Ruhle to discuss teaching as a top issue in the 2021 elections. He shares his perspective on learning loss during the pandemic and calls critical race theory a "dog whistle."

Teachers Saved John King's Life. Now, He Hopes to Become America's First Afro-Latino Governor.

Schools – teachers – saved King’s life as a young child. In every part of the conversation, he centers ensuring every Maryland child has access to any opportunity they can imagine. His voice lights up when he talks about it.

John King Responds to Governor Hogan’s “Re-Fund the Police” Announcement

Governor Hogan is shouting ‘Blue Lives Matter’ through a $150 million taxpayer-funded megaphone while playing dog whistle politics and scapegoating Baltimore — a divisive approach that will not make us safer. 

John King Lays Out his Education Platform

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John King laid out his own education plan this week, which he says “goes from cradle to career.”

John King: Government Should be a ‘Force for Good in People’s Lives’

John King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston, and as a middle school principal.

Black educators struggle to cope with COVID-19 stress: ‘We are overwhelmed’

King tells theGrio that Black education leaders and other leaders are walking a tightrope as they try to serve children and put their foot down on safety measures.

Former Education Sec. King talks widespread learning loss amid pandemic, mask-wearing and vaccine mandates in schools

Former Education Secretary John King discusses what the government can do to tackle the learning loss crisis and responds to politicians opposing mask-wearing in classrooms.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate King Calls For Tiffany Robinson To Resign

Former U.S. Education Secretary and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John King Jr. said state Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson should resign from office for having mismanaged Maryland’s unemployment insurance system.

Building the Prison-to-College Pipeline

“We can create more inclusive, productive, and stronger communities by ensuring that students who have paid their debt to society are provided with the chance to pursue higher education.”

Obama-era Education Secretary: ‘Betsy DeVos was a disaster for education’

King, who served as Education Secretary during the final months of President Obama's second term and is currently campaigning to become governor of Maryland, described DeVos' legacy as focused on rolling back Obama-era policies and appointing officials who didn't have the best interests of students in mind.

Face-to-Face Fundraising Returns, With a Heavy Dose of Democratic Gubernatorial Campaigning

King talked about struggling as a youth after both his parents died, but also about his faith in the redemptive powers of education.

A Year After Nationwide Protests, District Promises for Racial Equity — Juneteenth Gains Legal Popularity, but Misses Classroom Recognition

“One of the key questions about Juneteenth is if it’s just performative — just a moment, and not a serious district-wide effort to advance racial equity — then to me it’s grossly inadequate to the moment,” King said.

Maryland gubernatorial candidate John B. King Jr. has raised $1 million, according to his campaign

Maryland gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. education secretary John B. King Jr. has raised $1 million since launching his bid less than two months ago, according to his campaign.

John B. King, former Obama education secretary, running for Maryland governor

John B. King Jr., a former education secretary under President Barack Obama, is seeking the Democratic nomination to be Maryland’s next governor, his campaign announced Tuesday.



Promise to Progress: How Maryland will Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

I’m running for Governor to take the promise of a sustainable, livable future and turn it into the progress we so desperately need. 

Opinion: Hogan Refuses to Lead on Indoor Masking Requirement

As the delta variant rages and threatens to disrupt another school year, it’s past time for Gov. Larry Hogan to step up, heed the science and acknowledge that the COVID-19 emergency is not over.

Our schools are in poor condition. Here's how to give kids a better learning environment

With nearly 100,000 schools across the country on about 2 million acres of land, one in every six Americans in a typical year relies on our school buildings and grounds for learning, work and wellbeing.

Opinion: My family went from being enslaved to serving in the White House. You can’t erase our history.

I live in Montgomery County, Md. — about 25 miles from where my great-grandfather was enslaved. The cabin where he and his family lived still stands on the property owned by direct-line descendants of the family who “owned” my family.

JONES/KING: Maryland Has a Chance to Be a National Model for Making Racial Equity a Reality

In Maryland, we have taken the challenge of inclusivity and justice — not simply equality — seriously.