FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 14, 2016
Contact: Mary Tablante;
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Congratulates John B. King Jr. on Confirmation as Secretary of Education
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) congratulates John B. King, Jr., on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. We look forward to continuing our work with Secretary King and the Department to further the education interests of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.
AANHPI students and families face diverse educational challenges, including disparities in accessing high quality educational opportunities and culturally competent, linguistically appropriate resources. To address these disparities, NCAPA advocates for disaggregated data, support for English Language Learner students, and adequate funding for Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI).
“Secretary King’s life story echoes my father’s--both lost their parents too early, but their accomplishments in the face of adversity are testaments to the power of education and the boundless potential in each child when given access to quality educational opportunities,” said NCAPA National Director Christopher Kang. “We are pleased that the Department of Education already is providing more opportunities to communicate between the Department and the community, from listening sessions and roundtables to investing in a community liaison. We look forward to Secretary King’s continued leadership in hearing our communities’ needs and addressing them.”
Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 35 national Asian Pacific American organizations that serves to represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns. Our communities are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, currently making up approximately six percent of the population.