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Education commissioner cancels Common Core meetings, Cuomo reacts

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Last week New York State Education Commissioner John King cancelled town hall meetings about the new Common Core curriculum after a meeting in Poughkeepsie turned rowdy.

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The crowd jeered when King tried to address them during a public comment period – after he’d already given a long speech.

King said that “special interests” had co-opted the state PTA-sponsored event, making dialogue impossible.

Now the New York State Allies for Public Education, an advocacy organization comprised of parents’ groups,  has called for Commissioner King’s resignation.

 And Governor Cuomo is staying out of it.

"Yeah I don’t know anything about the commissioner’s schedule," he said. 

Common Core standards are the way forward, Cuomo added, even if the rollout has been rocky.

"Of course when you come in with a new test and new evaluation there’s a transition period and there’s a disruption, by definition, in the transition."

Some parents and teachers have criticized the new curriculum, saying it places too much emphasis on high-stakes tests. 

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