John King had to make the best of it, and when NYS won RttT money, we saw the bulk of it was placed into teacher-training programs. Most people fault King, but it is not the CCSS that wrought havoc in New York, but rather the teacher evaluation system. What a messy, dysfunctional, and inaccurate way to evaluate teachers. (Why should we quantitatively try to measure a qualitative job?) My intention here is not to debate the CCSS or the controversial NYS teacher evaluation standard, but to share how this man, Dr. King, understands the vital role of research in education.
All this said, I do believe John King is a library supporter. He values reading, libraries, and research. Here's a clip that I heard him deliver at a CCSS Teacher Training Day (NTI as they were known here in NY). After this speech, I emailed his office asking for the few minutes of video...And--a week later, this was delivered in a DropBox link. Thank you Dr. King. I have this on tape on the power of research for our librarian file!
One of many Secretary of Education announcement articles which can be found online: