Smythe Earns New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Endorsement

(Red Hook, NY) Karen Smythe announced that she earned the endorsement of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). The 600,000 member union represents public school educators throughout New York State. The endorsement is especially significant as Karen is running against the State Senate Education Committee member, Sue Serino.

“One of my top priorities as a State Senator will be to stand up for our students and ensure our Hudson Valley public schools receive the state aid and support they deserve,” Karen Smythe said. “I thank the dedicated teachers who make up NYSUT for endorsing my campaign and for supporting my fight to ensure the Hudson Valley gets its fair share from Albany. Our children deserve a world class education and I will work tirelessly to improve the quality of public education. I will also ensure state government provides the Hudson Valley with more aid to help give relief to our overburdened property tax payers.”

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) issued their full list of endorsements for the 2018 General Election which included Karen Smythe. This endorsement is a major blow to current Senator Sue Serino as she is a member of the Senate’s Education Committee. A major priority bill during the past session was S.8301, which would end the unfair practice of requiring teachers to be evaluated based on the seriously flawed high-stakes tests. Despite this bill having the overwhelming support of New York parents and educators, Senator Sue Serino and her Republican colleagues refused to allow it for a vote. This failure on Senator Serino’s part will now mean that students will suffer as educators are forced to teach to exams rather than use innovative methods to educate New York children. To review the full list of NYSUT’s 2018 endorsements, please visit: https://www.nysut.org/~/media/files/nysut/news/2018/2018finalendorsements.pdf?la=en

You can learn more about Karen Smythe, her experience, and her vision for a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous Hudson Valley by visiting: http://karen4nysenate.com/. You can also follow Karen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Karen4NYSenate/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Karen4NYSenate.