Buffalo Schools: State Imposing Deadline For Evaluations

April 18, 2012 Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM EDT

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Buffalo Schools: State Imposing Deadline For Evaluations

April 18, 2012 Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW / RELEASE ) Eyewitness News obtained a release Wednesday night from the Buffalo Public Schools. The release states that the District and the Buffalo Teachers Federation must agree no later than April 24 for School Improvement Grant funding to resume as State sets new hearing date, new deadline, for teacher and principal evaluation agreement

The release continues, stating Anita Murphy, Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Field Services for the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) stated in a letter (see attached) sent to Interim Superintendent Amber M. Dixon today: “The hearing will now be held on April 26, 2012. If you fail to submit the signature of your teachers union representative to the Department by 5:00 p.m. on April 24th, 2012, the hearing will proceed as scheduled.”

The NYSED letter came in answer to today’s District resubmission of a Memorandum of Understanding between the District, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) and the Buffalo Council of School Administrators (BCSA) on teacher and principal evaluation requirements in alignment with Education Law 3012-c. The resubmission included all of the NYSED directed changes and was signed by Interim Superintendent Amber M. Dixon and BCSA President Crystal Boling-Barton, but was not signed by BTF President Phil Rumore.

In order to restore funding, NYSED has stated that all parties must be in agreement regarding principal and teacher evaluations in the District’s Persistently Lowest-Achieving (PLA) schools. $5.6 million hangs in the balance for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year, along with a potential $26 million in SIG funding for the 2012-13 year.

Amber M. Dixon said the State Department of Education is clear in its need for compliance through the signature of Mr. Rumore on the final Memorandum of Understanding.

Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story, reaching out to Interim Superintendent Dixon, and BTF President Phil Rumore.