New York News
3:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Tentative Deal On Common Core Test Moratorium For Teachers

NYSUT president Karen Magee says her members are OK with the Common Core moratorium.

A tentative agreement has been reached by New York Governor Cuomo and the legislature to put off the effects of the controversial Common Core tests on teachers for another two years.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:29 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Karen Magee: Tax Cap Undermines Democratic Ideals

School budget voting is supposed to remind us of our nation’s democratic ideals.

You know: Community members vote each May on their local school budgets and determine which candidates are best suited to serve on local school boards. 

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New York News
4:50 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

New Teachers Union President Wants to Increase Union's Political Potency

Karen Magee
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There is a big change at New York State’s largest teachers union. Members of New York State United Teachers elected new leadership after months of unrest over the state’s flawed roll out of the new Common Core standards.

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New York News
2:59 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Harrison Union's Karen Magee Elected NYSUT President

Credit NYSUT/NYSTRS WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

The Common Core controversy has claimed another victim: New York State United Teachers president Dick Iannuzzi, who lost his seat over the weekend. The vote is remarkable for many reasons.

Over the weekend, NYSUT convention-goers elected Karen Magee, the 11-year head of the Harrison teachers union in Westchester County, to a three-year term as president of the New York State United Teachers. She unseated Richard Iannuzzi, who served since 2005, and was just the second NYSUT president in the union’s history.

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New York News
1:08 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

New York State United Teachers Elects New President

New York State United Teachers has voted in a new president. According to local media reports, Karen Magee, president of the Harrison Association of Teachers in Westchester was voted in early Sunday morning.

Magee will replace Richard Iannuzzi, who has served as NYSUT's president since 2005

On Saturday, the union, in a voice vote, approved a symbolic resolution calling for the “immediate” removal of New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr., who has been criticized for the state’s implementation of the Common Core.

Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Richard Iannuzzi: When Will They Ever Learn?

As I reflect on and celebrate Pete Seeger’s life, I’m reminded that in the great tradition of American folk music, the lyrics, for the most part, remain constant while their applicability often evolves with the changing times.  The revising and honing of folk songs keep them relevant, and serve as catalysts for social change from one generation to the next.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Lawmakers Differ Over Common Core Fix

There’s continued dissatisfaction over the state’s implementation of the new Common Core standards, which parents, students and teachers have complained has led to too much testing. There’s disagreement, though, in the state legislature over how to fix it.

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New York News
12:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Poughkeepsie Fiasco Fosters Call For Resignation

NYS education Commissioner John King in Poughkeepsie
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Striving to maintain an open dialog on Common Core, the state Education Department is reportedly working on developing a new format  for Commissioner John King's town hall-style discussions, which he cancelled after one in Poughkeepsie erupted in anger and frustration.  

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New York News
3:30 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

AQE Releases College & Career Readiness Report Card

An end-of-year “report card” (different from the old-school one above) has been issued by New York education reformers. The “grades” they’ve given to the state’s education policies are not going to earn anybody a congratulatory ice cream cone.
Credit Mark Scheerer

Now that New York’s public schools have sent students – and report cards — home for the summer, New York education reformers have issued the state a "report card" of their own... with two plusses, four minuses and an "incomplete."

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi: If You Can’t Lend A Hand…

I've heard it said that if a single person raises an issue, one should listen politely.

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