The public forum with New York Department of Education commissioner John King that was first scheduled for Riverhead High School is now being moved to the Eastport-South Manor High School auditorium in Manorville.
After the News-Review reported the state education department had chosen Riverhead as the location for the Nov. 26 meeting — even listing the venue on its website — State Senator Ken LaValle told the newspaper the planned location would be changing.
He said he suspected the event would be well-attended and need about 200 more seats than Riverhead High School’s 800-seat auditorium.
State education officials then said they were “working with the senator to pick a location.”
The state’s website was updated Friday with the new location at the Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School, located at the Kenneth P. LaValle Campus. (See map below.)
The forum will be run from 6 to 8 p.m., and is designed to answer questions and provide information to the public on the Common Core Stand Standards Initiative, and with that, teacher evaluations and state assessments.
Mr. LaValle, himself a former educator, said he has concerns about how Common Core is being implemented.
Among those concerns, he pointed to excessive testing for elementary school students and students with disabilities.