State Ed. Commissioner Cancels Upstate Tour

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - State Education Commissioner John King faced the wrath of parents at a Downstate forum last week meant to be a chance for King to explain the state's tough new Common Core testing standards for students.

Instead, parents felt he did too much explaining and not enough listening.

King was interrupted, booed and heckled after he spoke for more than an hour and then tried to respond to criticism of the Common Core program.

Parents, who feel the standards are too tough and put to much pressure on their kids, unleashed a torrent of frustration and anger.

King, as a result, has canceled the remaining five public forums including one scheduled for Oct. 24 in Williamsville.