Buffalo Teacher Evaluation Agreement Reached

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM EDT

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Buffalo Teacher Evaluation Agreement Reached

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM EDT

(WKBW release) The Buffalo Public School district announced it has been able to reach agreement on the teacher evaluation portion of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) with the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF), and the Buffalo Council of School Administrators (BCSA) for the 2011-2012 school year. 

According to a news release:

As a result, there will be a restoration of over $5 million in School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to six schools designated Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA). Use of these funds over the summer months is being clarified by the State Education Department at this time.

This agreement was reached with NYSED through the diligence of district staff, teachers and administrators of the Buffalo Public Schools.

“I believe that this collaborative effort will help as we look to secure new teacher and administrator evaluation processes with the BTF and BCSA for the 2012-2013 school year,” Dixon said.

Later Tuesday, State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said he has approved the Buffalo City School District teacher and principal evaluation plan for School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools for the 2011-2012 school year. Approval of the teacher evaluation plan, which the district negotiated with the Buffalo Teachers Federation, was announced earlier today by the Federation.

"Now that the plan is signed by the district and the unions, SIG funding will be restored to the Buffalo School District," Commissioner King said. "The money will be welcome, of course. Buffalo’s SIG schools need all the resources they can get to help their students succeed. But it’s not just about funding. Teacher evaluations build better performance; they help teachers improve their practice, which in turn will help students improve their performance. Our goal is to ensure every student graduates from high school ready for college and careers. That’s not happening in Buffalo right now. Students in SIG schools have been denied a good education for far too long. But meaningful teacher evaluations and the improvements funded with SIG money should help start to turn that around.

"It’s been a long struggle, but thanks to the perseverance of the District, the unions and their leaders, today is a victory for every student in one of the six affected SIG schools. This is the first step toward a brighter tomorrow for the students and the city."