Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – It has been a battle for months between the state, the Buffalo Public School District, and the teacher’s union. The state wants the district to implement a new teacher evaluation system. The teacher’s union is against it, and this means the district could lose out on millions of dollars for struggling schools.
“You can't blame the state because you didn't do what you said you were going to do, so now you have consequences, but in truth he's not getting consequences. Parents, students, will have those consequences,” District Parent Coordinating Council’s Sam Radford said.
The teacher’s union rejected a third, and what may be a final offer from the state Tuesday. The issue is whether chronically absent students should be counted in the evaluation of teachers. The union says ‘no’ but the state stays ‘yes’. The rejection has sparked immense outrage.
“It's not us who are holding up the money, it's the Commissioner of Education and in my opinion he's using students as pawns and saying if you don't do what I say right now, you'll lose the money,” Teacher’s Federation President Phil Rumore said.
Now, the issue is getting national attention. Fox News has already featured the issue this week and will do so again, Wednesday. Despite the pressure, the teacher’s union refuses to back to down
Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon is still hoping to work out a deal and will head to Albany to meet with state officials, Thursday. If she cannot strike a deal, more than $50 million in state aid will not be heading to Buffalo.