The Senate education committee plans to consider President Obama’s nominee, former NYSED Commissioner of Education JOHN KING, for education secretary at a confirmation hearing at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25.
I am watching the H.E.L.P. committee confirmation hearing of John King and the statements being 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.
If you want more details about why I think John King should not be U.S. Secretary of Education, you can read my blog piece here.
A detail that has not been posted on my blog is the fact that I know personally that John King did not listen to parents in New York. I know this personally because I am one of the ‘Poughkeepsie Five’. These are five of the seven parents who actually got to speak at the first forum on 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. 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 questions/comments) 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! although I believe he actually thought it was the teachers union who riled everyone up – apparently he couldn’t believe that parents were just truly concerned about their kids’ education). 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.