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King presses ahead with Common Core reforms


State Education Commissioner John King told an audience of parents and teachers Thursday night the state is not going to delay new Common Core learning reforms.

Thursday's forum was held in Albany.  There were no disruptions in an auditorium filled with hundreds of parents, students and teachers.  That was not the case two weeks ago when King was shouted down during a forum in Poughkeepsie. 

King told the Albany forum he is open to "adjustment" to Common Core. 

Friday, King will travel to Rochester where the State School Boards Association is meeting.  In an interview on the Capitol Pressroom on WBFO, Association Director Tim Kremer said King is likely to receive a mixed reaction.

"I know there are a lot of people who are frustrated by the roll out of the Common Core," Kremer said.  "We have billed this as a conversation with the commissioner."

Critics of Common Core say the demands being placed on students and local school districts have been too extreme and done too quickly.