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Hudson Valley Resident to Head State Teachers Union

Karen McGee is the first woman to hold the powerful union post.

Karen Magee. Photo credit: Jessica Bakeman, CapitalNewYork.com
Karen Magee. Photo credit: Jessica Bakeman, CapitalNewYork.com
by Alfred Branch and Lanning Taliaferro

Harrison teachers' union president Karen Magee was elected to the top spot of New York State United Teachers over the weekend, the first woman to hold the presidency, according to the New York Daily News.

Magee has headed up the Harrison group for more than a decade, and at the state union she replaces Richard Iannuzzi, who was voted out amid bitter infighting, according to news reports. 

Reporter Gary Stern of The Journal News said, "A self-described 'militant,' Magee has been harshly critical of New York's education reforms and Iannuzzi's response to them. She wants to see New York throw out its new teacher- and principal-evaluation system, which she calls beyond repair." 

A West Harrison resident, Magee started her career in elementary and special education three decades ago.

She has been president of the Harrison Association of Teachers for 11 years. She is on the board of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System, lohud.com said. 

She said she is ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work.

“Our team stands for change and our work begins now,” she told the Daily News.

eatingdogfood April 08, 2014 at 04:28 PM
Try getting rid of a bad teacher.
Gloria R. April 08, 2014 at 07:47 PM
how much money does she make, is she retired schoolteacher + this job $ "We will engage the rank and file and hit the ground running," she said. "We are going to become strong again, one of the most powerful labor organizations in New York state. We will start right after 10 weeks vacation is over"
New York Patriot April 08, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Common Core is similar to Obamacare. Both are examples of Liberal-sponsored "big government knows best" ideology shifts that Americans are just beginning to wise up to and oppose. And, as stated by several above, the only reason this new union head is opposed to Common Core is to get rid of the teacher evaluations. When the teachers union is done "opposing" Common Core, it will be essentially unchanged but for the teacher evals which will change dramatically or disappear.
Gloria R. April 08, 2014 at 08:26 PM
the only reason this new union head is opposed to Common Core is to get rid of the teacher evaluations. and of course to get elected
Theresa Flora April 09, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Or maybe... http://perdidostreetschool.blogspot.com/2014/04/nysut-president-magee-strikes.html

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