OBAMA ANNOUNCES HIS INTENT TO NOMINATE JOHN B. KING JR. TO OFFICIALLY TAKE THE ROLE OF EDUCATION SECRETARY President Obama has nominated John B. King Jr. to officially lead the Department of Education, where he has served as acting secretary since the start of the year. Officials at the White House had said before the announcement that the president was encouraged by the bipartisan support King has received in Congress, especially the commitment Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has made for a speedy consideration of his nomination. Click here for the full article from the Washington Post (2/11/16).