State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced Friday that he and the State Board of Regents will hold 12 forums in school districts across the state to meet with parents and educators to discuss the Common Core Standards and other education reforms.
Each forum will be moderated by state legislators and held in school auditoriums.
Last week, King backed out of four PTA sponsored community forums about the common core curriculum, including one in Williamsville.
"The Board of Regents approved the reforms, including adoption of the Common Core in 2010," Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said. "We're just starting the second year of full implementation with aligned assessments. It's a good time for the Regents and the Commissioner to meet with parents and teachers to understand how the implementation is going and what adjustments, if any, have to be made."
"I want to have a respectful, direct, and constructive dialogue with parents," King said. "More and smaller discussions will make sure there's a real opportunity for parents to be heard. This is just the first round; we'll continue to schedule forums for parents. We want these to be regular events. We want the conversation to rise above all the noise and make sure parents understand the Common Core, and, just as important, we want to understand parents' concerns. We all share the same goal: to make sure our students have the skills and knowledge to be successful in a changing world."
Details will be finalized early next week. The first forum will be held in the Albany City School District on October 24. Other locations for the forums are Rochester, Westchester, Suffolk County (2), Nassau County (2), Schroon Lake, Binghamton, Amherst, Syracuse, and Jamestown.
Source: NYS Education Department