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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."