The tour was co-sponsored by the reform-friendly New York State PTA and was meant to give Commissioner King a friendly forum to come and sell the Common Core gospel to the people.
Only problem is, the people didn't want to hear John King preach Common Core.
They wanted to let him know how disturbed they are by the state's testing agenda, by the changes wrought by the Common Core, by the imperiousness with which these have been handed down by the Board of Regents and the SED.
After getting beaten up for his hypocrisy, after being confronted by parents angry over the radical changes he has brought to the system, after being forced to listen to people who told him in no uncertain terms to his face that they do not buy his reform agenda, King called an end to his Common Core Gospel Core:
Dear PTA Members and Friends,
The NY State Education Commissioner’s office has requested suspending the remaining Town Hall meetings on the Common Core scheduled for:
Tuesday, October 15-Garden City HS, 170 Rockaway Ave, Garden City
Wednesday, October 16- Shenendehowa HS West, 970 Rt 146 Clifton Park
Thursday, October 24- Williamsville North HS, 1595 Hopkins Rd Williamsville
Wednesday, October 30-New Hartford SHS, 33 Oxford Rd,New Hartford
While our goal was to provide an opportunity to learn and share, based on review of the initial October 10 meeting, the Commissioner concluded the outcome was not constructive for those taking the time to attend. Please know that NYS PTA will continue to work with all education and child advocacy partners to keep our members updated and informed on education, health, safety and welfare issues affecting children and families.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and express our sincere appreciation to those who have given their time to assist with organizing this initiative.
New York State PTA
What a coward.
Here he had the chance to go and learn from people what the problems with the Common Core standards and the SED testing regime are, here he had a chance to see how the peasantry are feeling about how the plutocracy is handling education policy, and this functionary for the plutocracy couldn't take the heat and called it quits on his future Town Hall meetings.
King happily meets with his fellow education reformers like David Coleman and Paul Vallas to hear tributes to his greatness and has no problem meeting with reformy groups like the Gates Foundation-funded Educators4Excellence.
But parents who tell him the damage he is doing to their children and their children's schools?
Teachers who tell him the damage he is doing to their students and their schools?
Nah - he doesn't want to hear from them.
He doesn't have the guts to hear from them.
That's clear from his canceling the Common Core Gospel Tour after one session.