The President of the state’s teachers’ union says members aren’t yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.
New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee was elected in April amid deep dissatisfaction over education policy in New York. Magee ousted a three term incumbent, and teachers held a symbolic vote of no confidence in Education Commissioner John King, over what critics call a botched roll out of the new Common Core learning standards.
In April, the New York State United Teachers union decided on new leadership for its 60,000 members. Gone was longtime President Dick Ianuzzi and in was the first female to lead the powerful organization, Karen Magee.
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Fewer than 20% of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as universal pre-K.
When the state budget was approved back on March 31st, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders touted funding for pre-kindergarten that they said could lead to universal pre-K in New York.
Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein was one of the biggest advocates.
A tentative agreement has been reached by governor Cuomo and the legislature to put off the effects of the controversial Common Core tests on teachers for another two years.
Earlier this year the governor and the legislature imposed a moratorium on the Common Core tests effects on students, now that postponement moratorium extends to teachers who received poor ratings on their annual evaluations as a result of low scores by students on the controversial new tests.