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Embattled schools commissioner to appear before Senate

NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, left,

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

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.

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.

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