(WKTV) - Education Commissioner John King canceled some forums about the Common Core, and that has left local parents disappointed.
One of those meetings that was canceled was one set for Oct. 30 in New Hartford. Jessica McNair, a New Hartford parent who is also an on-leave teacher, says she's disappointed that the commissioner won't get these first-hand accounts of how core curriculum is working out in the trenches.
"He's a leader, and leaders need to be able to listen to all sides of the story," McNair said. "Especially when the views might be different from that of the leader."
On Wednesday, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta), weighed in on the matter releasing his own statement on the issue:
"Commissioner King should immediately reverse his decision and reschedule public meetings across the state to gather comment and solicit opinion on the state's rollout of the Common Core standards.
"The commissioner's cancellation of the planned events, citing the influence of 'special interests,' is an insult to parents, teachers, students and administrators who are working through the sea change in modern curricula, and testing. They wish to offer honest insights into the effects of Common Core and assessments on students and local districts - the commissioner should want to hear from them.
"Every year, state legislators meet with constituents across our districts to hear the views of those who elected us. Commissioner King should meet with his constituency as well - the taxpayers of the state who have valid concerns about our educational preparation and testing trajectory and who foot the bill for our salaries and for the cost of educating our students."