Buffalo Schools, Teachers Reach Evaluation Deal

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM EDT

By John Borsa

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo Public School's interim superintendent says she is confident the district will receive $9.3 million in education aid now that it has reached an agreement with its teachers union on evaluating their performance.

Amber Dixon made the announcement outside Lafayette High School late Friday afternoon. Lafayette is one of nine low-performing schools in the city that will benefit from the extra state money.

But Albany will not send the money unless teachers agree to be evaluated for their job performance.

The Buffalo Teachers Federation has so far refused to allow the district to include grades of students who are excessively absent from class, but the state says the district must count every student.

"What we did is we put in some language last Friday. The BTF added more language yesterday," Dixon said.

"Given that language, what we've done is if a school has an extraordinary attendance then there will be an adjusted growth," she added.

Teacher vote on the proposal on Tuesday. If it fails, the plan submitted to Albany on Friday will be rejected.