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Obama education chief: Exits exams won’t ensure success

November 28, 2018

FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, Education Secretary John B. King, Jr., speaks on a panel with first lady Michelle Obama to college-bound students participating in the Reach Higher initiative's third annual Beating the Odds event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. King says high school exit exams will not benefit Kentucky students unless the state provides more resources for public schools. The Courier Journal quotes King in a Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, report as saying the concern is not the exams themselves but that officials need a plan to improve opportunities. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An education secretary from President Barack Obama’s administration says high school exit exams will not benefit Kentucky students unless the state provides more resources for public schools.

The Courier Journal quotes John B. King in a Wednesday report as saying the concern is not the exams themselves but that officials need a plan to improve opportunities. King was education secretary from 2016-17.

The state Education Department is finishing a monthlong period of public feedback on proposed changes to high school graduation requirements. Among the changes is creating a math and reading test students must pass to graduate.

King was in Louisville this month on behalf of a group challenging the changes. The department must respond to feedback in writing and through a hearing Thursday in Frankfort before they become final.

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Information from: Courier Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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