Karen Magee, a Westchester County union leader, was elected the third president of the New York United Teachers over the weekend and the first woman to lead the labor.
Magee said that for now there’s no desire to endorse Cuomo’s re-election bid, but she didn’t shut the door entirely.
“There’s no sentiment to endorse the governor,” she said. “There’s a lot of time between now and August.”
Ah, yes, the old "lots of time between now and endorsing season" statement.
Dunno about you, but given everything Cuomo has done to harm public education, traditional public schools, teachers and unions, I want a less equivocal statement out of the new NYSUT president her first week in power, especially since her slate supposedly ousted the old leadership because of a lack of aggression against Cuomo and the state's education reform agenda.
It's possible she's just being politic here before the push for evaluation tweaks, but those tweaks are going to happen no matter what NYSUT does or Magee says.
As has been pointed out here at Perdido Street School blog and elsewhere, the governor's stance that CCSS tests are not fit to be used on students but are fine for teacher evaluations and employment decisions won't stand up to public scrutiny or a court challenge.
Cuomo is not expected to go much beyond those minor changes to APPR, so I don't think there's any real good reason for Magee to play coy here about a potential future NYSUT endorsement of Sheriff Andy - you're not getting anything else out of him and frankly, even if he were open to some other "compromise" with NYSUT, I'm not willing to pay the price for it.
At any rate, if you're wondering where the Revive NYSUT leadership slate is looking to take NYSUT, you're already getting an indication from Magee's statement today.