Some legislators have suggested ditching the Common Core standards altogether. King defended their educational value, descibring that they push students to improve in writing, comprehensive reading and mathematical problem solving.
But, ultimately, it wasn't the Legislature's decision to adopt the Common Core, and it won't be in their power to scrap it, King said.
“To the extent that we're talking about the standards and teaching and learning, that's obviously in the purview of the Board of Regents and the State Education Department,” he said.
King, perhaps buoyed by his education reform allies in the private sector backing him up and telling him they'll go to the mattresses for him, really thinks he shares unlimited power, along with the Regents, to do what he wants in education policy.
Can there be any stronger evidence to suggest we have transitioned from a representative democracy in the State of New York to a plutocracy in which wealthy business interests put functionaries like King into place and impose their own agenda regardless of how the rest of the people in this state feels about that agenda than this statement?
The Legislature had better disabuse this little autocrat king of his arrogant conviction that he is unaccountable to the people of this state or their elected representatives in the Legislature for the education policies he imposes with the aid of the Board of Regents.
Simply an outrageous statement by NYSED Commissioner King and, I believe, one that is worthy of his dismissal.
Because if he is not stripped of his power and sent packing, he simply is going to continue unimpeded with his education reform agenda.