Spin Cycle

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Under fire from parents and New York’s largest teachers’ union, embattled state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. will appear before the Senate Education Committee on Thursday in Albany.

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King has been under fire for the state’s rollout of the new Common Core academic standards. Attendees at forums around the state have blasted King; in some cases loudly booing him. New York State United Teachers president Richard C. Iannuzzi has said the union will bring an unprecedented no-confidence vote against King later this month. Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch has backed King.

Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport), who chairs the Senate committee, has proposed bills to eliminate standardized tests for some elementary school students; to clamp down on student-data privacy; and to evaluate the effectiveness of the Common Core academic standards.