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Uncommon Schools Managing Director John King to Join New York State Education Department as Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education

Managing Director Brett Peiser to lead Uncommon's New York City schools
Tue, 09/15/2009
September 15, 2009
Dear Friends,
In 1999, I had the extraordinary opportunity to found Roxbury Preparatory Charter School with John King.  Since then, John has been a trusted colleague and my closest friend.  It is bittersweet, therefore, for me to share the news that John will depart Uncommon Schools to join the New York State Education Department on October 5th as Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education.
As a beloved high school history teacher at City on a Hill Charter School, as the Co-Director for Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prep when the school first became the highest-performing urban middle school in Massachusetts, and as a Managing Director at Uncommon Schools, John has devoted his professional life to closing the racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.  For more than a decade, John has led schools that consistently close those gaps.
In addition to working tirelessly and urgently to ensure that all students achieve at high levels, John has extraordinary command of curricular and instructional issues, is an expert in local and national education policy, and is an outstanding leader of adults.  These qualities will serve him and New York State public schools well.
Although we will miss John, we are pleased and extremely fortunate to announce that Brett Peiser, Managing Director of our Collegiate network, will become Managing Director of all of Uncommon's New York City schools. Brett's results are second to none.  Most recently, on the 2009 New York State Math and ELA exams, Brett's schools closed the achievement gap, dramatically outperformed the state and the city, and ranked among the highest performing public schools in the city.  Of nearly 500 students enrolled at Brett's schools, 98% scored Advanced or Proficient on the state Math exam.
Under Brett's leadership in New York City, we are confident that Uncommon Schools will continue to fulfill its mission of closing the achievement gap and preparing low-income students to graduate from college.
It is a testament to the hard work and remarkable performance of Uncommon's students, families, teachers, school leaders, and Home Office team - and an important statement about the charter movement and other education reform efforts - that one of our own has been selected to shape and implement policy in district and charter public schools in New York State.  Please read the State Education Department press release here:   
Congratulations, Dr. John B. King, Jr.!  We are so proud of you and look forward to celebrating your many future accomplishments on behalf of New York's students.
Evan Rudall
Chief Executive Officer