State Education Commissioner John King returns to the road. He plans to travel to at least 20 schools across the state of New York. He's prepared to take on the common core controversy and any other questions parents, teachers and community members may have about their school system. Jamestown Public Schools and Jamestown Community College will co-host Wednesday's event, welcoming Commissioner King and up to 1,200 people to the Jamestown High School auditorium.
But he won't come without a little flak from his harshest critics. Recently, New York City parents put King on the spot. The parents claim inBloom, a company database that documents all state public records, is illegal. Last month, they called for a lawsuit against the inBloom database.
Locally, parents and haven't forgotten about the tour King cancelled back in October. Neither has State Assemblyman Sean Ryan. Both parties criticized King for slashing his first series of forums. Now, Ryan planned a rally with parents at the Klienhans Music Hall at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday. Ryan will demand that Commissioner King host a future forum in Buffalo and urge the State Senate to pass legislation banning the common core standardized testing for Pre-K through 2nd grade students.