The NAMM Advocacy Forum Featuring John B. King, Jr.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT

About the Forum

“If you’re not at the table you’re on the menu” - Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation  

The NAMM Advocacy Forum on July 7 featured special guest John B. King, Jr., former Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education and current CEO of The Education Trust, an equity-driven, data-centered, student-focused organization of “Fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students—particularly those of color or living in poverty.” King's experience as former Secretary of Education and as President and CEO of The Education Trust provides invaluable insight into how to effect change through concentrated, authentic outreach from community members. His leadership and commitment to equity and access to education for all children is a great resource and will be a “call to action” for how to contribute with passion and commitment to bring music education to all children. 

Attendees also received music education advocacy updates during break-out sessions where working advocates reported on their activity at the Federal, State, and Local levels.  


Host: Mary Luehrsen, Director of Public Affairs, NAMM and Executive Director, The NAMM Foundation

Special Guest: John B. King, Jr., former Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education and current CEO of The Education Trust

John King

John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close educational opportunity and achievement gaps. King served as U.S. Secretary of Education in the Obama administration. Prior to that role, King carried out the duties of Deputy Secretary, overseeing policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, innovation, and agency operations. King joined the department following his post as New York State Education Commissioner. King began his career as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal.

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