Buffalo School Officials in Albany Fighting for Aid

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM EDT

By John Borsa

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (ALBANY) - Buffalo school officials are making one last attempt to secure $5.6 million in state education aid that will evaporate if city teachers fail to agree on an evaluation plan.

Several attempts have been made to get teachers to sign on to an evaluation model. All attempts have failed.

In addition to the lost state aid this year, Buffalo could lose upwards of $50 million next school year if a deal is not reached.

Interim School Superintendent Amber Dixon attended a hearing in Albany this afternoon with state education officials. A ruling on the matter will be made within the next ten days.

Teachers have rejected state-mandated evaluations, which are required to receive the extra state funds.

Teachers say the evaluations are unfair because they are, in part, based on the performance of excessively absent students.

Teachers union president Phil Rumore said 35 percent of high school students skip school more than seven weeks a year.