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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.