Parents Want State Education Commissioner to Resign

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 11:23 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 11:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Parents and lawmakers are demanding that State Education Commissioner John King reverse his decision to cancel a series of meetings with parents to discuss Common Core learning standards.

King scrapped the remaining four meetings, including one scheduled in Williamsville, after a meeting in Poughkeepsie last week ended with parents lashing out at King.

Eric Mihelbergel, of Tonawanda, with New York State Allies for Public Education - made up of 42 groups and 20,000 members, says King should resign.

"Unfortunately instead of listening to parent concerns, he spoke for an hour and 40 minutes. He allowed 20 minutes for parent comments. He was very unprofessional. Parents were angry with the way he handled the situation," Mihelbergel said.