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New York News
2:59 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Harrison Union's Karen Magee Elected NYSUT President

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The Common Core controversy has claimed another victim: New York State United Teachers president Dick Iannuzzi, who lost his seat over the weekend. The vote is remarkable for many reasons.

Over the weekend, NYSUT convention-goers elected Karen Magee, the 11-year head of the Harrison teachers union in Westchester County, to a three-year term as president of the New York State United Teachers. She unseated Richard Iannuzzi, who served since 2005, and was just the second NYSUT president in the union’s history.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Commissioner King Attends Common Core Forum in Plattsburgh

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Common Core is a set of nationally developed standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, designed to align grade level cirricula across the states. It was adopted in New York, in part, to secure Race to the Top federal education funding. On Wednesday evening, state Commissioner of Education John King was in Plattsburgh, accompanied by Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, for a panel discussion on Common Core.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New York Education Commissioner Faces Grilling By Assemblymembers

New York State’s Education Commissioner, John King, faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assemblymembers at a hearing on growing concerns over student privacy.

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8:24 am
Mon November 4, 2013

NY Begins First Statewide School-To-Job Project


New York is set to launch the first statewide effort in the nation using an innovative school-to-career program.

More than 6,000 New York students are expected to join the program in 2014. It teaches high school students additional workplace skills with the help of mentors. The program continues through community colleges and graduates will be "first in line" for jobs at certain companies.

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New York News
8:03 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Parents, Teachers Oppose Common Core Reforms At Albany Forum

New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr. told an audience of parents and teachers the state isn’t going to delay new Common Core learning reforms, but is open to "adjustments" going forward.

King spoke at forum in Albany, his first since an earlier series of planned appearances was cancelled after he was shouted down at a meeting in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 10.

For more than three hours, parents described how frustrated their children were over constant testing and inappropriate curriculum for their age.

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New York News
7:52 am
Thu October 24, 2013

NY Education Commissioner To Hold Forum In Albany

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It’s back to school and this time for parents…

New York State Education Commissioner John King will be at Myers Middle School in Albany tonight. The controversial Common Core standards forum comes a week after King cancelled the first set of sessions following a raucous  appearance in Poughkeepsie on October 10th. King said the meetings had been "co-opted by special interests whose stated goal is to 'dominate' the questions and manipulate the forum...” The meetings were rescheduled after an outcry from parents and teachers.

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7:25 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the possibility of a deal ending the government shutdown and New York state education commissioner John King's decision to suspend forums around the state after a meeting last week in Poughkeepsie that caused quite a stir.

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