Late Night Compromise for Buffalo Public Schools

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - After a heated debate, the Buffalo Public School Board and teachers union have come up with an agreement about teacher evaluations. This comes just in time for the deadline, which is Thursday. They said having that agreement in place would save the district millions of dollars.

The district could now receive $33.4 million in state aid for the schools. According to the Buffalo News, the agreement has been signed and sent to Albany by Superintendent Pamela Brown. They said state officials have already begun to review it.

Buffalo was one of 13 districts across the state that waited until almost the very last minute to come to a compromise. Another five districts, including New York City, have not come to an agreement. Hamburg School District submitted a plan but their union did not agree to the proposal.

Superintendent Brown said during an interview in December that the stability of the district depends on the approval of this plan.

"We will lose $33.4 increase that we were slated to receive this year that has already been included in our budget," Brown said.

Most of the 669 districts in the state have submitted a one-year plan but Buffalo was in the 10 percent of districts that chose a two-year agreement. Union officials said there is a stipulation that allows the district to re-enter into negotiations after the first year.

The district has submitted a plan. Now, it is up to school officials in Albany to approve the agreement by Thursday.