With so many failing, Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, a former Albany school board president, said she worries about the "self-esteem of kids." Her two teens attend Albany High School, which scored poorly, she said, and Fahy called King's decision to cancel the public forums about his new policies "rather shocking."
Fahy said King's statement is confusing. "I was left wondering 'Who are these special interests?' As best I could tell, they were parents."
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, said she planned to attend the forum at Shenendehowa after many constituents contacted her with concerns about Common Core.
"I want us to raise the standards, but this test doesn't make sense," Tkaczyk said. "It's disappointing. I think a dialogue with the commissioner is sorely needed."
King is damaged goods.
I have yet to see any prominent reformer defend him post-Poughkeepsie.
Now politicians are openly questioning his reforms and his actions.
I think he is not long for power.
But even if he is eased out soon, the reforms themselves, and the privatization agenda behind them, remain.
Alas, it will take more than ridding ourselves of Commissioner John King to rid ourselves of the reform and privatization agenda he promotes.