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October 14, 2013

State education official cancels local forum following "disruptions"

WILLIAMSVILLE — New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. has canceled a slate of community forums on the Common Core following what he called "disruptions caused by the special interests" during the first meeting in Poughkeepsie.

A statement from King provided by the Education Department Monday says the commissioner was looking forward to answering parents' questions. But after the Oct. 10 PTA-sponsored forum, he says it's clear that special interests are determined to manipulate the meetings.

Additional forums had been scheduled for this week in Garden City and Clifton Park and later this month in Williamsville and New Hartford.

The learning standards are intended to better prepare students for college and careers. Critics say New York was too quick to align standardized tests to the standards, resulting in a low passing rate.

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