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King to Host Common Core Forum in Buffalo

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As we first told you Wednesday, State Education Commissioner John King is holding a Common Core forum in Buffalo next week.

The forum will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2013 starting at 6 p.m. in the WNED-TV Studios in downtown Buffalo. King will be joined by Regent Bob Bennett. Donald Boswell, President and CEO of WNED, and Samuel Radford III, President of DPCC, will convene the forum.

Each of the 40 western New York school districts served by Erie 1 and Orleans/Niagara BOCES are allowed up to three (3) representatives to attend the forum. Individuals from District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) will also be represented in the audience.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan has publicly asked the Commissioner to host a forum in Buffalo earlier this week. Today, he released this statement:

“While I am pleased that Commissioner King has decided to host a common core forum in Buffalo, I have serious concerns regarding the organization of this upcoming event. Having spoken with officials at the State Education Department, I have been informed that they intend to host the forum before a crowd of only 300 people. In addition, the State Education Department plans to control the ticket distribution for this event. Forums held in October and November were attended by upwards of 1000 people. When selecting a venue for the Buffalo forum, the State Education Department must keep this in mind. The should select a location that can hold a large amount of people, and the event must be fully open to the public. Buffalo State College, and the University at Buffalo have facilities that could accommodate such a crowd, and the State Education Department should work diligently to ensure an open and accommodating forum.”

WNED is holding an online registration of the general public based on the number of available seats, which is limited. If the number of registrants exceeds available seating, selection will be made by a random lottery system. The general public can register at www.wned.org until Sunday, Dec. 8 at midnight.

Doors for the forum will open at 4:45 p.m. A valid government-issued photo ID will be required in order to be admitted.