Among the top education issues the committee could face are how to deal with regulations from the outgoing Obama administration and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
States have spent the past year reaching out to educators and advocates to decide how to handle everything from teacher effectiveness to that brand new indicator of student success and school quality.
King talked about everything from the Obama administration's imprint on education policy to the bullying and harassment that has happened in schools since the election.
Allan B. Hubbard, who served as an economic adviser during both Bush administrations, is a top contender for deputy secretary, the Education Department's No. 2 job.
Ten GOP senators on the education committee have gotten money from a PAC controlled by the family of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary nominee, a liberal think tank says.
On Monday, the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association sent a letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., expressing concerns about education secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos' track record.
Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, addressed several education issues during Monday's hearing, including desegregation, special education, and undocumented immigrant children.
President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be education secretary has already been the focus of several political attacks. Was the same true for other recent nominees?
Alexander praised the nominee one day after the Senate education committee delayed DeVos' confirmation hearing by six days.
A new caucus of the House of Representatives announced Tuesday it was dedicated to fighting the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.