AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - The New York State Education Commissioner is backtracking after canceling meetings across the state about the new Common Core standards.
Last week, after a meeting in Poughkeepsie that saw many angry parents lashing out, John King canceled an upcoming trip to Williamsville and other PTA-sponsored community meetings. He blamed "special interests" for disrupting the event and subsequent decision to cancel the others.
But now Commissioner King is backtracking, and says he will hold 12 forums in school districts across the state to discuss the new Common Core standards, including a forum in Amherst and Jamestown.
The date and times are expected to be finalized next week.
King will also participate in four separate forums at PBS before a studio audience discussing the standards. Those forums will then be televised and made available online.
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