The PTA forum’s the thing wherein we’ll catch the conscience of John King


On October 12th, two days after a contentious NY PTA-sponsored forum during which parents and educators questioned the implementation and ethics of the Common Core State Standards and the testing and data-sharing that accompany them, NY Education Commissioner John Kingdecided to cancel the rest of his Common Core promotion tour, blaming “special interests whose stated goal is to ‘dominate’ the questions and manipulate the forum.”

He lamented that “The disruptions caused by the special interests have deprived parents of the opportunity to listen, ask questions and offer comments. Essentially, dialogue has been denied. In light of the clear intention of these special interest groups to continue to manipulate the forum, the PTA-sponsored events scheduled have been suspended.”

Indeed, “dialogue has been denied”– but by Commissioner King himself.  And these cancellations beg the questions: Why the paranoia?  Why the certainty that the questions and challenges directed at him in Poughkeepsie…

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