Monday, February 01, 2016


Karen Magee is the Michael Mulgrew-Unity Caucus installed president of the New York State United Teachers.  Below is her latest message to the members taken from the weekly NYSUT Leader Briefing.  

Karen gives new meaning to the term vague.

I have no idea what specifically she is talking about or why she is boasting but I'm sure glad "We're not done!" even if I don't quite know what it is we're not done doing.

The ICE blog will give gold stars out to anyone who can tell us some of the particulars about what NYSUT is doing during this Albany legislative session to improve the lives of actual teachers or students. 

But for now, we present obscurantism at its finest from President Magee. Enjoy. If readers want more of Karen's thoughts, just go over to the Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association blog for her email response to their queries. It is just as enlightening. 

Karen's notes: We're not done!

We are in the thick of it now -- the state budget negotiations, and the legislative session beyond the April 1 budget deadline. This is our opportunity to make things right, to get things done, to educate lawmakers and the public about what's important for our students, health care institutions and public schools and colleges.

We are making progress through our advocacy, and preparing for upcoming and ongoing challenges. Continued momentum is essential to long-term success.

With intense, widespread activism by parents and educators, we're achieving genuine breakthroughs. In our ongoing advocacy, we make two points: Thanks to all of us working together, we're making great progress -- and just as importantly, we're not done yet.

New York educators, from preK-12 teachers and SRPs through graduate school faculty, will be at the forefront of the union work necessary to transform public education. This includes redesigning standards so they are New York standards developed by New York teachers for New York students.

We're just getting started, and the united front we present will further our progress. Leaders, activists, members: With your help, we will continue to be the voice that cannot be ignored.


Brian said...

Don't worry James. You can kick back. Karen Magee assured me the officers were fighting on my behalf.

sean crowley said...

In the pic she's talking with Tim Kennedy a WNY Demohack who's all about the teachers when he's not advocating for more charter schools which he frequently is.

Anonymous said...

Oy vey! Face it. There is nothing, and I mean nothing that Karen Magee nor the NYSUT can do up in Albany to help teachers in the trenches. Our new evaluation law is set in stone and shows no sign of being repealed. Furthermore, the looming Supreme Court case in California is about to drop the proverbial hammer on our heads causing real problems for local and state teacher unions alike. But, as mentioned, there really is nothing that can be done to help in these regards.

James Eterno said...

We are not even demanding that it be repealed.

Anonymous said...

We have demanded plenty over recent years and have not received much in return. It is like screaming at a wall. Cuomo is set in his ways. The new evaluation law is his baby and he is not letting the NYSUT get near the cradle. But wait! NYSUT endorsed Hillary for President. I sure as heck did not get asked about my opinion on that. Magee and her crew seem to know the jig is up. At this point, they are just praying that enough teachers decide to keep paying dues to keep the state union afloat. However, as much as I despise much of what my union has done over the past 10 years, I will NOT quit nor will I stop paying dues. I just wish somebody with some stones would run the show. Magee and company have not really shown us much lately.

Anonymous said...

We bent over for Cuomo. We didn't demand anything.

Anonymous said...

There is a big difference between bending over and kneeling down. Frank Zappa