The state Education Department said this afternoon that it’s working to find new places to hold meetings on the state’s controversial Common Core curriculum.
King has faced calls for this resignation and outcries from teachers’ union and parents for not holding more public forums on the tougher testing standards.
A spokesman said today they are looking for appropriate venues for the events.
“We are working to finalize venues where constructive dialogue is possible so that together with parents and educators we can discuss the Common Core and hear concerns regarding its implementation,” said spokesman Tom Dunn.
Dunn’s comments are similar to what King said in a statement on Monday after he said the Poughkeepsie meeting was disrupted by “special interests whose stated goal is to ‘dominate’ the questions and manipulate the forum.” The remaining dates were scheduled near Buffalo, Utica, Albany and on Long Island.
“In light of the clear intention of these special interest groups to continue to manipulate the forum, the PTA-sponsored events scheduled have been suspended,” King said Monday. “My office will continue to work with PTA to find the appropriate opportunities to engage in a real, productive dialogue with parents about our students and their education.”