BUFFALO (WKBW) It was a sticking point between the Buffalo Public School District and the Buffalo Teachers Federation in negotiating a deal on teacher evaluations. Now both sides have reached an agreement on teachers who were involuntarily transferred due to school performance. All 53 of those teachers will now be paid $3,500, a district source tells Eyewitness News.
The District and Teachers Federation now have until January 17th to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations, or miss out on $33 million dollars in state funding.
The District released this statement Friday afternoon:
"We are pleased that we were able to collaborate in order to reach an agreement on bringing closure to litigation regarding the use of the Turnaround Reform Model in three of our schools. This agreement allows the District to comply with state and federal regulations and allows the schools access to greatly needed resources.
Now that we have managed to remove what was perceived to be a barrier to the continuation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) negotiation process, it is extremely important that the District and the BTF demonstrate a mutual commitment to reaching an expeditious agreement on an approvable plan in time for New York State Education Department (NYSED) approval.
NYSED Commissioner John King and Governor Andrew Cuomo have made it very clear that January 17th is the date by which plans must be approved. Both the governor and the commissioner had asked for a 4 to 6 week lead-time in approving plans, so time is of the essence in submitting a District plan."