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Controversial NY Education Chief Resigns to Take Federal Job

By    |   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 07:23 PM

New York State education chief John King —  pilloried by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, parents, teachers' unions and politicians for his rollout of Common Core education standards —  is quitting to take a job as senior adviser to federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

The new post for the education commissioner, after a turbulent three-and-a-half year tenure, was announced in a news release in which Duncan praised him as "an extraordinary leader who has dedicated his life to improving the opportunities of our young people, as a teacher, a school leader, and a leader of school systems."

But the departure triggered bitter criticism from the Journal News in suburban New York's Westchester County, where King was described as "tone deaf" to parents concerned about the standards he was championing.

"Parents and educators who find flaws in sweeping curriculum and teacher evaluation changes are portrayed as lazy, excuse-making haters," the editorial board writes. "This attitude should serve him well in Washington, where Education Secretary Duncan is also impervious to critics of reform (like those ‘white suburban moms’ he went after last year)."

King sends his own children to private schools that don't use Common Core standards.

Capital New York reports critics have also slammed King for testing students based on the Common Core before schools had the time and resources to prepare.

But he told the website he "never thought about leaving during that time."

"From my perspective, it was important to see the work through," he told Capital New York. "I was in Massachusetts as a teacher and principal when Massachusetts went through a very similar experience in the mid to late ’90s. … Massachusetts remained resolute. Students made very significant progress. And today, Massachusetts is at the top of performance in the country, in large part because they were resolute about higher standards."

"It’s hard to raise standards, and it’s hard to grapple with the fact that we have such a large distance to travel before we can say confidently that all of our students are graduating prepared for college and careers," he added.

In 2013, student test scores in New York State on assessments aligned with the Common Core standards plummeted —  with just 31 percent passing the math and English Language Arts tests compared with 55 percent passing in ELA and 65 percent passing in math in 2012, Breitbart reports.

A year later, though slightly improved, most children still scored below proficiency level in both math and language arts, Breitbart reports.

According to the U.S. Department of Education release, King will assume his new role early in the new year and "will be delegated the roles and responsibilities of the Deputy Secretary, which includes managing the Department’s operations and overseeing implementation of major initiatives."

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New York State education chief John King – pilloried by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, parents, teachers' unions and politicians for his rollout of Common Core education standards – is quitting to take a job as senior adviser to federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
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