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NY Ed Commish walks out on testing town halls

NY Ed Commish walks out on testing town halls

Some New York parents and teachers who are upset about new tests in public schools, part of the Common Core curriculum, are even more upset by the Education Commissioner’s latest move.

Angry parents loudly confronted State Education Commissioner John King at the first of a series of town hall meetings last Thursday in Poughkeepsie, to which he responded by refusing to attend any more meetings sponsored by the State Parent Teacher Association.

Spokesperson for the Commissioner Tom Dunn says alternatives are being sought.

“We’re going to continue working with the PTA to find an appropriate venue to engage in real, productive dialogue with parents about our students and their education” said Dunn.

Dunn says the forum in Poughkeepsie was “not productive” and that the “disruptions deprived parents of the opportunity to listen, ask questions and offer comments”.

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