Senate to vote on King to head Education Department

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set to vote late Monday on President Barack Obama's nomination of John B. King Jr. as education secretary.

King has served as acting secretary at the Education Department since Arne Duncan stepped down. Obama nominated King last month, and said there is "nobody better" to lead efforts to work toward preschool for all, prepare kids for college and make college more affordable.

Last week, the Senate Education Committee voted 16-6 in favor of confirming King.

If confirmed in the full Senate, King would oversee the department as it implements a bipartisan education law that Congress passed and Obama signed in December. The measure revamps the widely criticized No Child Left Behind Act and substantially limits the federal government's role in public schools.