There is probably no prospective candidate in either party more closely identified with K-12 education policy than the former Republican governor from Florida.
That's an idea that's likely to prove popular with education organizations, especially teachers' unions.
Lawmakers want the School Improvement Grant program to be more flexible for states. And they want to see the Investing in Innovation grant program focused on high schools.
Duncan's role in the event was as a participant and marcher, not a speaker, or dignitary.
Education advocates will be pleased to know that her top priorities for the committee include reauthorizing the long-stalled No Child Left Behind law.
Special education has been a big focus for Harkin, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1974, then the Senate in 1984.
Only one of the eight new GOP members of the House education panel have any real education policy experience.
King's agenda in New York has been closely aligned with the Obama administration's priorities on issues such as teacher evaluations and the common core.
Early childhood education may be a bipartisan issue across the country, but the federal government can't seem to match that momentum, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday.
Overall, the U.S. Department of Education would be funded to the tune of $70.5 billion, a slight $133 million decrease from fiscal 2014.