BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The New York State Education Commissioner has rejected the latest proposal on teacher evaluations submitted and agreed upon by the Buffalo School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation.
As a result, the district will stand to lose millions of dollars in aid from the state.
Teachers union delegates were set to vote on the plan Tuesday night, but found out just hours before that the state rejected the plan all together.
In a statement obtained by Eyewitness News, a spokesperson for the Buffalo School District states:
"The State Education Department pointed out three areas for revision in the last submitted version of the Memorandum Of Understanding between the District and the Buffalo Teachers Federation. We immediately made changes and presented them to the Buffalo Teachers Federation ( BTF). We expect to be in contact with both the State and the BTF in the morning."
However, BTF President Phil Rumore says there is not enough time for teachers to read and approve an amended agreement before a scheduled hearing in Albany on Thursday.
"Why couldn't the state have given us exact guidelines as to what they expected, then we can do it. But as it is now it's crazy, the teachers are frustrated," added Rumore.
He also says the union plans to go to court to try and force the state to release the money to the district.
District and union officials are set to meet in Albany on Thursday to appeal the state's decision to rescind the federal aid to the Buffalo district.
There is a possibility that the hearing officer overturns the state DOE decision, and accepts the proposed evaluation plan. If not, the next likely step would be a court of law.