March 6, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Albany, NY – Karen Magee, president of the New York State United Teachers, said Feb. 28 that she will not seek a second term.
Instead, she will leave the union in April to lead a joint project of the New York AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers to improve women’s role in the workplace. “I’m not running as a result of the fact that I’ll be able to do work that I am extremely passionate about and move it to an even higher level,” she told the USA Today Network’s Albany bureau. “This is like a dream-come-true project for me.” Magee, 57, was elected NYSUT president in 2014. She said that during her tenure, the union “stopped the attacks on teachers in the profession” and was able to change the political climate in Albany so the governor and the Legislature “are prioritizing teaching and learning, as opposed to testing and more testing.” NYSUT will elect its next president April 7, at its conference in Manhattan. Read more