Richard Iannuzzi

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.

Richard Iannuzzi: Standardized Testing In N.Y.

Mar 17, 2014

New York State United Teachers Union President Richard Iannuzzi discusses the New York State Education Department and standardized testing.

Richard Iannuzzi: When Will They Ever Learn?

Feb 18, 2014

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.

Richard Iannuzzi: The Inconvenient Truth About Taxes

Jan 24, 2014

If you’ve been following the Governor’s missives on tax cuts…reports from his tax commissions, his State of the State message and news about his budget proposal… you undoubtedly know that he is proposing sweeping tax cuts.  The potential is for upwards of $2 billion for his tax cut package that includes proposed reductions for property owners, businesses, renters and upstate manufacturers.

Richard Iannuzzi: As to Babies and Bathwater

Dec 19, 2013

Tales from medieval times tell us that water was stored in barrels for bathing.  The male head of the household — most likely a farmer or tradesman — would bathe first.  He would be followed by his wife and their many children, in order of their birth.

Richard Iannuzzi: In The Grip Of Poverty, Inequality

Nov 22, 2013

In his new book, So Rich, So Poor, former Clinton and Kennedy policy advisor Peter Edelman writes that poverty and inequality stem from the same root causes.  They cannot be separated – certainly not in America today.

Richard Iannuzzi: Well Done Or Well Said?

Oct 25, 2013

One of our nation’s founding fathers, Ben Franklin, wrote and published prolifically.   In his famed Poor Richard’s Almanac, Franklin observed the propensity for some to claim great empathy and to make exaggerated promises.  To that, Franklin sagely advised:    “Well done is better than well said.”

Richard Iannuzzi: What Do Parents Really Want?

Aug 19, 2013

Earlier this month, the State Education Department released results from the first standardized tests tied to the new Common Core standards adopted by over 40 states.

Richard Iannuzzi: Everyone, Except Farmworkers

Jul 15, 2013

Growing up catholic I was told more than once that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  The New York State legislature proved that once again this year when it failed to pass the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.  The state Assembly passed the Act by a wide margin, yet again, the measure stalled in the state Senate, where its leaders refused to even allow it to come to a vote.  A lot of lawmakers talk about farmworker justice, but few are willing to deliver on those promises.

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

In the 1960s, Bob Dylan, one of our lifetime’s great poets and American song writers, wrote the following lines in reference to the Civil Rights struggles:

If all of us folks that thinks alike/If we gave all we could give/We could make this great land of ours/         a greater place to live.”

This week, in classrooms across the state, hundreds of thousands of elementary and middle school students are taking standardized tests – the first tests given by the State Education Department based on the new Common Core learning standards.

Richard Iannuzzi: New Yorkers Speak, but Do Legislators Hear?

Mar 19, 2013

The first signs of Spring are often its sounds—the first chirping robin, the honking of geese travelling North or the crack of the bat at a ballgame on a crisp afternoon. 

Richard Iannuzzi: Standing Up for Equity in Education

Feb 21, 2013

Many listeners of this radio station awakened recently to the news that the teachers union has gone to court seeking to have New York State’s property tax cap declared unconstitutional.

The property tax cap is, understandably, very popular.  And, as president of New York State United Teachers, I suspect our decision to challenge it will be unpopular.

Middletown NY City School District

The New York State United Teachers Union today filed suit in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to challenge the state's the 2% property tax cap enacted in June 2011.

WAMC's Brian Shields was joined by NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi to talk about the lawsuit.