A statewide federation of teachers unions passed a vote of no-confidence Saturday against New York Education Commissioner John B. King Jr., a resolution that called for his "immediate" removal.
The voice vote by the nearly 3,000-delegate body of the New York State United Teachers was approved with overwhelming shouts of "aye" -- and not a single audible "nay." The state Board of Regents appoints the commissioner, so the vote was merely symbolic.
The resolution cited the "failed" rollout of Common Core academic standards, and related student tests and teacher evaluations. The federation, representing 1,200 unions and 600,000 members across the state, has also withdrawn its support for the standards as implemented in New York.