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New York education chief cancels forums after disruption

By The Associated Press

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.  - New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. has canceled a slate of community forums on the Common Core -- including one set for New Hartford in late October -- following what he called "disruptions caused by the special interests" during the first meeting in Poughkeepsie.
   
A statement from King provided by the Education Department on Monday says the commissioner was looking forward to answering parents' questions. But after the Oct. 10 PTA-sponsored forum, he says it's clear that special interests are determined to manipulate the meetings.

A forum had been scheduled for Oct. 30 at New Hartford High School to address the Common Core. King was part of a Town Hall forum that was in Whitesboro on Oct. 7, where hundreds of parents gathered and some passionately addressed their opposition to Common Core.
   
Additional forums had been scheduled for this week in Garden City and Clifton Park and later this month in Williamsville.
   
The learning standards are intended to better prepare students for college and careers. Critics say New York was too quick to align standardized tests to the standards, resulting in a low passing rate.

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