NYS Education Commissioner's Visit Draws Criticism

December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM EDT

By By Ed Reilly

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December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) State Education Commissioner John King, Jr.'s visit to Jamestown is drawing an angry response from Buffalo area elected officials.

The commissioner is in the Southern Tier to hold a forum about the common core standards - a controversial education initiative that has resulted in harder standardized state tests.

New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan both speaking out and expressing disappointment over the commissioner's failure to hold a forum in Buffalo on the common core standards.

"It is almost like we are playing a game of 'Where's Waldo' with the commissioner," said Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

"He keeps saying he going to come to our area but then he keeps popping up in other places."

However, Bob Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus of NYS Board of Regents, tells Eyewitness News that there are plans for John King to visit Buffalo within the next 10 days.

Bennett said he hopes to set a firm date during the commissioner's visit to Jamestown.