Here's some more calls from a parent:
Whereas, State Commissioner of Education John King has led an assault on public schools by initiating high stakes testing, forced co-locations of schools, closing of schools, the evaluation of teachers based on the results of standardized tests, advocating for charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools, and,
Whereas, State Commissioner John King has cancelled four town hall meetings at which parents and educators could seek information about high stakes testing, common core, and inBloom, a system which would gather personal data on all children to then be made available to vendors, SIDA calls on the NYS Board of Regents including our representative Regent Cea to join the statewide move to ask for John King's resignation.
Quick action alert! For more information, go to nysape.org1. Send quick faxes to local electeds here:2. My quick letter is below. Feel free to copy/adapt it. It went to 17 regents (plus two extra addresses), and 6 officials (some with two different email addresses).And, here's the fill form for Sheldon Silver:
To the Board of Regents,
After the sham of a town hall on October 10 in Poughkeepsie, in which parents and teachers weren't allowed the allotted time to ask questions and air their opinions, and after John King canceled his appearances at the four remaining town halls in NY State, I demand that King should resign his position as New York State Education Commissioner.
His calling concerned stakeholders "special interests" is laughable.
*New Yorkers deserve a COMPETENT leader who listens to and engages his or her constituents
*New Yorkers deserve a COMPETENT leader who can handle the concerns and dissenting opinions of educated involved New York parents.
*John King has let abusive testing and data sharing practices dominate the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards.
*John King runs away from the public.
*John King calls concerned parents “special interest groups."
*John King is not competent to be the NYS Commissioner of Education; he hasn't had sufficient experience teaching in a classroom setting.
A copy of this letter is also going to my elected officials.
Public School Parent
District 3, Manhattan