In this post, award-winning Long Island principal Carol Burris catalogues the disasters associated with the New York State Department of Education.

The recent disastrous appearance of Commissioner John King in Poughkeepsie, where he first lectured the audience, and then was shocked when parents had opinions of their own, put his own lack of moral authority and lack of leadership skills on display.

The New York State Education Department’s educator evaluation system–that “plane built in mid-air”–is falling apart.

In Syracuse, not a single teacher in elementary and middle school was rated highly effective.

The State Education Department’s help line recently directed called to a sex line.

Small snafus are not surprising.

What is disheartening is that Commissioner John King repeatedly shows his contempt for teachers and parents.

Apparently he thinks he is the only person in the state of New York who has an opinion worth hearing.

He actually accused dissenting speakers in Poughkeepsie of being the tools of an unnamed “special interest” group, suggesting a degree of paranoia that was shocking.

King should practice listening. For a man so certain of his own righteousness, this will be hard, but it would be helpful to him if he ever hopes to gain the confidence of the people he works for: the people of New York state.