The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of John B. King Jr. to be secretary of education by a vote of 49 to 40. Mr. King has served as acting education secretary since December, when Arne Duncan stepped down from the permanent post.
Mr. King was named senior adviser to Mr. Duncan in 2015. Before that, he was the education commissioner of New York State.
Mr. King has been more active in elementary- and secondary-education circles, notably through his efforts at reform and his support for charter schools.