New York’s education commissioner John King was supposed to hold town hall meetings across the state to discuss the new Common Core curriculum that the state rolled out last year.
The meetings were sponsored by the New York State PTA.
But after a meeting in Poughkeepsie got pretty rowdy, Commissioner King has cancelled the remaining 4 meetings.
He said in a statement that the PTA-sponsored meetings had been “co-opted by special interests.”
Lana Ajemian, president of the New York State PTA, wrote about the divisive meeting on the organization’s blog, saying that the atmosphere was “not productive to continue.”
You can see a video of testimony at the Poughkeepsie meeting here. The crowd starts jeering when the commissioner begins to address the crowd during the public comment period. It’s around 5 minutes and 27 seconds in.
Emotions run high when it comes to Common Core — and the testing it requires.
Are you a teacher, parent, or student who has experience with the new curriculum? What do you think? Is this debate happening in your community?