VIDEO: NY Education Commissioner John King shouted down at PTA forum

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What led to the cancellation of four PTA forums on Common Core standards in New York schools?

Scenes like the one below.

State Education Commissioner John King was shouted down Thursday as he tried to defend his decision to send his daughters to a Montessori school rather than a public school, noting that, like public schools, it adheres to the Common Core standards.

King stood and spoke during the public-comment period of the forum in Poughkeepsie, which was supposed to be the first of five sponsored by the New York State PTA. The remaining four, however, were canceled, with King saying they were “co-opted by special interests.”

“I do not believe the children of public officials are fair grounds for debate,” King said after several speakers made note of the Montessori school. “But I think it’s important to address the question, because the implication that I believe in the Common Core less because of where my children go to school just is false. They go to a school that has embraced the work of the Common Core.”

In the video — posted to YouTube by a user who is obviously not a King fan — attendees are shown shouting at King as he rose and spoke, at one point shouting to have his microphone shut off. The public-comment portion came after King made a presentation of more than an hour, which clearly irritated some of the parents in attendance.

The video of the comment portion is below. As stated before, it was clearly uploaded by someone opposed to King. (The title? “Commissioner King Gets Spanked.”)

The most contentious portion of the forum begins around the 14:30 mark:

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  1. If you watched Spakenkill video you must see the following:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ymjQcFP8sU
    King spoke on 10/7 at a meeting hosted by NY Senator John Griffo at which he took questions and comments for over an hour and a half. The special interest group, or parents as we call them, made great points. They were not happy with the Common Core. Also, his wife worked for Scholastic and Is currently an academic who promotes charter schools. If parents don’t protect their children, no one will.