Solution to Teacher Evaluation Issue Expected by End of Month

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 8:12 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 8:12 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

A new state evaluation system which bases part of a teacher's performance on grades of absent students is unacceptable to the Buffalo Teachers Federation who voted against it Wednesday night.

Now, educational leaders are trying to come up with a compromise although other school districts like Syracuse, Albany and Rochester have adopted the new evaluation system.

Regent Robert Bennett whose district covers Buffalo public schools says he has been in constant communication with state education Commissioner John King to come up with a way to compromise with Buffalo teachers by the end of the March.

Here's the issue.

The state is requiring teachers to include all student's performance in teacher evaluations whether they attend class or not. But teachers say it's not fair to base their evaluations on absent kids.

Developing a teacher evaluation system that is acceptable to both teachers and the state is vital as there is $9.3 million in funding riding on it.

Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon said the district faces up to 70 layoffs if the funding is lost.

Student performance is one of many evaluation factors used in the new system and would account for 20 percent of the teacher's evaluation.