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Gorman Talks, But Not To Reporters

Former CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman hasn't talked to reporters since he decided to leave the district and accepted a job at News Corp. At a Queens University event last night he did take questions, but not from reporters. They weren't even allowed to attend. Queens McColl School of Business hosts a series each year called Distinguished Leaders in Action. Unless a speaker requests that reporters be there, they're not allowed. The Director of Leadership Initiatives Will Sparks says that's because it's meant for students and the school wants to create an environment where speakers feel they can be candid. The school hasn't had many reporters scrambling to attend the series. But with Gorman's talk that changed. He hasn't spoken with reporters since he left the district last summer and he's also remained largely out of the public eye. So a few weeks ago Charlotte Observer reporter Ann Doss Helms registered to attend the event. Yesterday, the school emailed her and told her she wouldn't be allowed in. All the local TV stations also were kept out. So what did Gorman speak about? Sparks says he talked mainly about the future of education and the use of technology in schools. Often speakers will do interviews with reporters before the event, but Gorman did not want to do that.