Despite political opposition, New York State Education Commissioner John King has been working to raise standards for students.
While the debate continues around Common Core, two New York lawmakers recently expressed their support for Commissioner King. Assemblyman Karim Camara chairs the state Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus. State Senator Adriano Espaillat chairs the state Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus. According to City & State, the two issued a joint statement that reads in part:
“While this has been an emotional debate with marked differences in public policy, there is no doubt that Commissioner King remains a public servant devoted to improving the education and welfare of New York’s kids. We will continue to work towards closing the achievement gap and other urgent issues with Commissioner King and other stakeholders.”