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Video: John King on Common Core, ESSA, and How His Teachers Saved His Life

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In a recent segment on PBS NewsHour's Making the Grade, PBS correspondent Hari Sreenivasan sat down with U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. to discuss a variety of topics — from the Common Core standards to the "caste" system of college admissions. King also explained how school helped him rise above the hardships he faced as a child. 

"School ... was a place where I could be a kid when I couldn't be a kid outside of school," he said.

This segment aired on PBS NewsHour on May 3, 2016.

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