Former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. and retired U.S. Congressman George Miller have joined the Board of Trustees of The Century Foundation, a national public policy think tank.
King, now president and CEO of The Education Trust, served as the U.S. secretary of education from 2016 to 2017 in the Obama administration. There, he championed the expansion of school integration and diversity initiatives, implemented new rules and regulations to hold for-profit colleges to account, took steps to relieve the crushing burden of student loan debt, and continued his lifelong commitment to advancing educational excellence and equity for all students.
Congressman George Miller spent forty years in Congress representing California’s 7th and 11th districts (1975 to 2015). He was chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee from 2006 until 2011, where he sponsored a number of landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act; the Higher Education Reconciliation Act, which led to the single largest investment in higher education ever; the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007; and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He also helped win passage of the historic Individual with Disabilities Education Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act.
“I am delighted to announce that former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. and Congressman George Miller have joined TCF’s distinguished board of trustees. Both are visionary leaders in education policy, with a track record of advancing creative solutions to improve educational outcomes for the next generation of students,” said chairman of the TCF board of trustees, Bradley Abelow.
“John B. King, Jr. has long been a supporter of TCF’s work to dismantle barriers to achievement for low-income students, and students of color, through school integration and access to quality higher education. This new partnership will only strengthen those efforts. He embodies so much of what we are committed to at The Century Foundation—an excellent education for every student across America,” said TCF president Mark Zuckerman.
On Miller’s appointment, Zuckerman said, “I had the honor of working alongside Congressman Miller on Capitol Hill as he fought tirelessly for legislation to expand education opportunities, strengthen worker protections, promote a cleaner environment, and expand access to health care. I am delighted that we will once again have the opportunity to work together to advance progressive public policies that have a real impact on the lives of the American people.”
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