ALBANY, N.Y. - State Education Commissioner John King has received a lot of heat the past couple of weeks after a forum on New York's newly implemented, tougher standards known as the Common Core. Parents were angry and they let him know it.
Under a new format, those concerned with the Common Core had the chance to voice their opinions Thursday in Albany. More than 65 people took the microphone, telling King that the new standards were hurting their kids. They said he wasn't listening to the problems.
Now, it appears King could be coming around.
In a letter that went out to school district superintendents dated October 24th, he writes that "issues and concerns have arisen" and that he's asked the U.S. Education Department for a waiver, allowing 8th grade students who last year took the regents exam in algebra and the state math exam, to only have to take the regents exam moving forward.
King said it was part of a broader effort to cut back on testing.
Local superintendents NEWS10 ABC spoke with welcomed the decision.
"He needs to hear and he is now hearing," Cohoes School District Superintendent Libby continued, "I think that the letter that I received about noon today from the commissioner indicates that he is now understanding what people in the field, whether teachers or parents what their concerns are and he's now trying to be responsive to that."
"We have found that they are becoming much more responsive when specific concerns are clearly defined to the department," said East Greenbush Superintendent Nagle.