Regents chancellor sidesteps questions on commissioner

(L-R) NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch,

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(L-R) NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, NYS Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr., and Regent Roger Tilles look on during a forum organized by Senator Carl Marcellino at Oyster Bay High School. (Oct. 15, 2013) (Credit: Barry Sloan)

The state's top education policymaker declined Monday to respond to teacher-union attacks on Education Commissioner John B. King Jr., saying she considers it a diversion from efforts to upgrade students' academic skills and teachers' job performance.

Merryl Tisch of Manhattan, chancellor of the state Board of Regents, sidestepped questions from reporters regarding both King's status and strong...

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