For immediate release: December 5, 2022
Contact: Lisa Rudley, [email protected]; 917-414-9190
Parents and advocates speak out against appointment of John King as SUNY Chancellor
Parents and advocates from throughout New York state criticized the appointment of John King as the Chancellor of the State University system, based upon his dismal record as NY State Education Commissioner.
Said Jeanette Deutermann, founder of Long Island Opt Out, “As Education Commissioner, John King was a disaster, pushing the invalid Common Core standards and redesigning the state tests to be excessively long, with reading passages far above grade level, and full of ambiguous questions. He worked to ensure that the majority of kids would fail the state tests and be labelled not college-ready, including in many districts where nearly every student attends college and does well there. His actions led directly to massive opposition among parents and the largest testing opt out movement in the country. Many schools are still dealing with the destructive impact of his policies; I would be very sorry if SUNY students are faced with a similar fate.”
Lisa Rudley, the executive director of NY State Allies for Public Education, said, “SUNY Faculty and students should be forewarned! John King consistently ignored the legitimate concerns of parents and teachers regarding the policies he pursued as NY State Education Commissioner, by rewriting the standards, imposing an arduous high stakes testing regime, and basing teacher evaluation on student test scores, none of which had any research behind it and all of which undermined the quality of education in our public schools. This led to a no-confidence vote of the state teachers union, and if the state’s parents had been able to carry out such a vote, you can be sure they would have done so as well.“
Leonie Haimson, the co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, explained, “Under John King, New York State was the worst state in the country in its failure to protect student privacy and the last state to pull out of inBloom, the hugely invasive data-collection and data-sharing corporation created with $100 million of Gates Foundation funds. New York was the only state whose Commissioner refused to listen to the outraged cries of parents concerning the plan to share the most intimate details of their children’s educational records with inBloom, which in turn planned to share the data with other ed tech corporations to build their programs around. New York was also the only state in which an act of the Legislature was required to prohibit this plan from going forward. Has John King learned his lesson regarding the importance of protecting student privacy? For the sake of SUNY students, I surely hope so.”