Will John King’s resignation improve the state of education in Ken-Ton? The answer is no. Why? Because in reality the NYS Board of Regents has no intention of actually putting our children ahead of the agenda of corporate education reformers. Remember the Common Core corporate takeover ‘package’? You can quickly refresh your memory by clicking here. John King is leaving NYS because he has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Education after proving his ability to deliver the Common Core corporate takeover ‘package’ in NYS. The NYS Board of Regents and NYS Education Department have been the poster-boy for the entire country when it comes to corporate education takeover, with everything from APPR to inBloom to standardized testing. The U.S. Education Department wants John King’s experience to help push the corporate takeover across the nation more quickly, but you can bet that they have been strategically planning this with their poster-boy, New York State, for some time. The NYS Board of Regents will most certainly appoint a new Commissioner of Education that will continue to push every aspect of the Common Core corporate takeover package, thus not improving anything at our local district level.
How do we stop it? As I’ve said before, it is actually very simple. We refuse to allow our children to participate in NYS Common Core assessments just like the parents of 60,000 NYS students did in April of 2014. Spread the word, politely educate others, share the information, and the people will then put the democratic process to practice.
Eric Mihelbergel is an individual advocate. He is not officially affiliated with the Ken-Ton School District, Kenmore Teachers Association, or any other Ken-Ton entity, association or group.