Dr. Khalid Mumin was confirmed as Pennsylvania Secretary of Education by a vote of 46-3 in the state Senate Monday. Lawmakers voting against the confirmation were Republicans Jarrett Coleman (District 16, Bucks and Lehigh counties), John DiSanto (District 15, Dauphin County) and Doug Mastriano (District 33, Adams and Franklin counties).
Mumin most recently served as superintendent of the Lower Merion School District in Montgomery County before being picked by incoming Gov. Josh Shapiro to hold the top education post in the state. He served in Lower Merion starting in October 2021 and had been the superintendent for the Reading School District in Berks County for seven years prior.
“I am elated to have earned the trust and confidence to serve in this position and ensure every child in Pennsylvania receives a quality education,” Mumin said in a Pennsylvania Department of Education press release Monday.. “I would not be here today without the teachers and mentors who supported me. Our schools are more than buildings: they are conduits of hope. I will take the experiences I have gained through my life and career to carry out Gov. Shapiro’s vision so that every Pennsylvania student has the freedom to chart their own course and the opportunity to succeed.
“I am firm in my belief that students learn in different ways, and highly effective educators are leaders who ignite learners’ interest, passion, and focus on meeting high expectations in all educational settings,” Mumin continued. “As secretary of education, I will remain committed to supporting education systems with resources and information to provide instruction that is high-quality, engaging, and aligned with the needs of the workforce of the future.”
Mumin began his education career in 1997 as an English teacher in Franklin County.