I watched the H.E.L.P. committee confirmation hearing of John King yesterday and the statements made at the hearing are totally inconsistent with my knowledge of John King.
John King was the Commissioner of Education in New York before he went to Washington D.C. to work in the Department of Education. His time as Commissioner was a failure and parents in New York State tried to get him kicked out of the position although he resigned and went to Washington D.C. in December 2014 before he actually got fired. Unless the U.S. wants even more of the Common Core mess that we already have, you do NOT want John King as the U.S. Secretary of Education.
You can read the details about why John King should not be U.S. Secretary of Education, written when he resigned as NYS Commissioner of Education in December 2014, here. Basically he totally supports Common Core, high stakes testing and judging teachers and schools by student test scores and I believe these things are all bad for students in New York State as well as the entire United States of America.
A detail that has not been posted on my blog until today is the fact that I know personally that John King did not listen to parents in New York. I know this because I am one of the ‘Poughkeepsie Five‘. These are five of the seven parents who actually got to speak at the first Town Hall Meeting on the Common Core that Commissioner King held in Spackenkill (part of the Poughkeepsie area) in October 2013. The other two speakers were not comfortable having their names publicly listed. You can read the whole story of Commissioner John King’s failure to communicate with parents here or just the highlights below.
Full video of the Spackenkill Town Hall Meeting with Speakers beginning at 1:23:16.
Commissioner King didn’t like what we parents had to say or how the crowd responded to what he had to say about Common Core (we were not a very receptive audience particularly when he took up an hour and a half with his talking and left very little time for parent comments/statements) and therefore canceled all the rest of the forums around the state because the first one was “co-opted by special interest groups” (those pesky parents!) This was just the beginning of a total lack of understanding of the concerns that parents were feeling/expressing that continued until the time John King left New York State.
John King stated in the H.E.L.P. confirmation hearing: “We believe that stakeholder feedback is critical.” I cry foul! John King did not listen to stakeholder feedback in New York State.