Teacher Evaluation System In Works For Buffalo Schools

March 6, 2012 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 6, 2012 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – The state wants Buffalo to set up a teacher evaluation system where students essentially grade their teachers. Now, there is a bitter battle over which students should be allowed to participate. If a decision is not made soon, the district will lose out on millions of dollars.

The issue is whether students who have been absent from school numerous times should be included. The state said they should be in the mix. It wants 100% of students to evaluate their teachers.

The Buffalo Teacher’s Union disagrees. They said it’s not fair to allow students who have excessive absences to participate, especially in a district where hundreds of students skip several days of school each year.

School officials will meet to try and work out a plan, Tuesday. The governor recently had this to say about the issue.

“We have to shift the focusing to performance. We know it is drastic and dramatic but it will never, ever end. The bureaucracy will not reform itself,” Cuomo said.

Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon recently sent an email to all involved stressing the importance of coming to a solution. She said if the district loses out on more than $9 million in state funding, 50 teachers have to be laid off in six different schools.

The meeting on the topic will be held at City Hall at Noon, Tuesday.