State Education Commissioner John King has been traveling the state to listen to the public on Common Core and other state education reform initiatives.
But despite including Amherst on an initial list of locations he plans to hold a public forum, no details have been released about when or where that meeting might be held.
A forum schedule posted on the state Department of Education website includes only a meeting scheduled Dec. 4 in Jamestown for Western New York.
That has led some, including State Sen. Tim Kennedy, to question whether King still plans to bring his tour to the Buffalo area.
"I certainly appreciate you traveling to as many regions, and holding as many forums, as possible," Kennedy wrote in a letter to King that he also released publicly, "but it is imperative that you do not ignore the largest school district in Western New York in favor of an event that is about 70 miles -- or more than an hour-and-a-half drive -- away from Buffalo."
So is Amherst or another location in the Buffalo area still on the list for a Common Core forum?
"We will definitely be holding a forum in Erie County before the end of the year," state ed spokesman Jonathan Burman said this morning.
King came under criticism last month after he cancelled a series of community forums organized by the New York State PTA after encountering a raucous crowd at the first meeting in Poughkeepsie. Amherst was one of the locations included in the PTA series.
-- Denise Jewell Gee