News

New York teachers union picks first female leader

New York teachers union picks first female leader

Photo: WHCU

The New York state teachers union has elected its first female president.

Karen Magee, an elementary and special education teacher, is the new head of the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers. She was elected Saturday by a majority of about 3,000 union delegates.

Magee succeeds Richard Iannuzzi for a three-year term.

The 54 year-old Magee is a lifelong resident of West Harrison, in Westchester County. She started her career there as an elementary school teacher and has been president of the Harrison Association of Teachers for 11 years.

She says she will defend public education while crisscrossing the state in the coming weeks.

 Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Weird

The ‘town drunks’ can’t drink that

Fresh
drinking2

The police department in Illinois' second largest city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication.

in Music

Slash to producer slasher film

Fresh
slash

The former Guns 'N Roses star has teamed up with horror production firm Revolver Picture Company for a new movie franchise.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Taylor Swift & Lisa Kudrow bring back ‘Smelly Cat’ from ‘Friends’

Fresh
11-overlay6

From Central Perk to the Staples Center, Phoebe Buffay has hit the big time.

in Weird

Let’s grab a coffee at the cat caf√©

12-overlay15

Hey, it could be fun, right?

in Viral Videos

Can the McWhopper make fast-food ‘peace?’

Updated
10-overlay19

Could a Big Mac - Whopper hybrid be happening? And, if so, would you eat it?