Education Secretary Dr. John King, Jr., testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, during his confirmation hearing as the Education Secretary. Obama’s choice to serve as Education Secretary says he rose to his current position because New York City public school teachers “literally saved my life.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Education Secretary Dr. John King, Jr., testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, during his confirmation hearing as the Education Secretary.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr. is touting a network of magnet schools as one model for achieving the kind of diversity he has been pushing for as American schools have been growing more racially segregated.

King spoke Wednesday at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, one of the Connecticut schools that enroll city and suburban students under a court-ordered desegregation agreement. He said it is an example of a community standing up for diversity that produces better outcomes for all students.

King has stressed the importance of diversity and equality since taking office earlier this year.

A bill pending in Congress would provide $120 million to support local efforts including creating public school choice zones, expanding bussing service and developing programs to attract students from outside local areas.

 

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