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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Governor Cuomo Damns NYSED Commissioner John King With Faint Praise

I was wondering if Governor Cuomo had made any public statement about NYSED Commissioner John King "stepping down" from his post.

It seems he has:

Cuomo wished departing education commissioner John King his best: “You know his record in New York. It seems like a good opportunity for him. I wish him well.”

"You know his record in New York."

Wow - how that's for damning with faint praise?

What does Cuomo think of King's record (along with Merryl Tisch's)?


ALBANY—Governor Andrew Cuomo took another shot at the State Board of Regents Thursday, blaming the education policy makers for “massive chaos” that he said has resulted from their implementation of the Common Core standards in New York.

Cuomo said he agreed with a protester's sign that proclaimed there was no proof the Common Core would help students.

“Yeah, I'm with them,” Cuomo said, referring to the protester. “The Common Core is being implemented by something called the Board of Regents. I have nothing to do with it.

“The Board of Regents supervises the State Education Department, and I don't appoint anyone to the Board of Regents, either,” Cuomo continued. “So I'm sort of where the parent is, standing outside with a sign. And by the way, I would hold the same basic sign that the parent is holding. I think the way they have implemented Common Core has failed utterly. There is massive confusion, massive anxiety and massive chaos all across the state. It may have been a good idea, but you need a good idea, and then it has to be done properly."

If there was any doubt Governor Cuomo was behind King's sudden resignation, Cuomo's "praise" of King's record should dispel it.

I suspect that, while the "chaos" of the Common Core implementation by SED and the Regents and King's Poughkeepsie meltdown were contributing factors to his demise in Albany, the "Dr" Ted Morris Jr. fiasco was the last straw.

King and NYSED took no responsibility for handing over a charter school to a con artist who lied about his credentials and work experience, hiding the charter director at SED from view and claiming over and over that the vetting process for charters was fine.

I would imagine that Cuomo, set to announce a huge expansion of charter schools in New York State in his State of the State as part of his efforts to "break" the public school system, was not happy to see that "Dr" Ted Morris, BA, MA, Ph.D and MSW, was given a charter school by Dr King and his merry men and women at NYSED.

I don't think it's an accident that King was out right after the "Dr" Ted incident.

For Cuomo, it was the last straw.


  1. You know your letter of recommendation is straight outta Ellison's Invisible Man when the word "seems" figures prominently and your record is only acknowledged as existing not being exceptionally good. King oughtta dust the boot print off his ass before Arne and Co. see it and start bullying him. I do see him bullied in that office at the hands of the dumb jock threatened by King's college degrees too. AMF.

    1. I'm pretty certain that Arne & Co. know exactly what they've got and I doubt very much that Arne Duncan will be the least bit threatened by John King.

      For whatever reason, Duncan agreed to take on Cuomo's headache because he has a personal relationship with King or because Andrew called Barack and asked him for some help burying King in the bowels of the USDOE.

  2. Thanks for straightening me out on that. Look up "comic irony" in your polymath's guide to ed.