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Cuomo defends King, Common Core

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -– While he didn't appoint him, Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended state Education Commissioner John King, who is beating back calls from critics that he resign or the Board of Regents fire him.

Cuomo, in a brief session with reporters today, also defended the Common Core curriculum, which is the subject of intense debate between education officials, teachers and parents across the state.

King has come under increasing pressure after he canceled a series of public forums to discuss the curriculum; King was greeted by a rowdy crowd of protesters in Poughkeepsie and said the sessions would not yield constructive dialogue. He recently changed his mind and is now getting back on the road.

“No, I don’t think he should resign,’’ Cuomo said of King, before quickly adding that it’s not “my place to say’’ since he does not appoint the education commissioner. The commissioner is appointed by the Board of Regents, whose members are selected by the State Legislature, which, given the numbers in the two houses, means that Assembly Democrats essentially pick the Regents.

Of the Common Core, Cuomo said the system is “where the country’s going.’’

“These are obviously major developments and change can be hard and change can be unsettling even when it’s right,’’ Cuomo said.

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