Teacher Evaluation Agreement Threatens New Partnership

April 18, 2012 Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 7:20 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

April 18, 2012 Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 7:20 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

Johns Hopkins University was selected to take over as administrator of East and Lafayette High schools.

But now, the Hopkins Group says if there is no agreement with the teachers union, the school district and
the state by May 1st they are backing out of the deal.

The state has already discontinued funding to the school district this year and it all has to do with new state guidelines surrounding teacher evaluations.

Interim superintendent Amber Dixon has been working on a compromise with the teachers union. But, president of the union, Phil Rumore is refusing to sign the new agreement because he says it unfairly grades high school teachers.

"This about the future of government state funding for this district. Government Cuomo has made it perfectly clear this is part of his agenda. So we have district operation funds that are going to be put in jeopardy next year, I think $33 million if we don't have a signed agreement," said Dixon.

Rumore had this statement, "We have already met three times, the teachers have voted three times on different proposals that the union and the district have agreed to. Each time the state has turned them down. The teachers right now are saying we're tired of this they're (the state) are just going to find something wrong again."

Dixon says she is prepared to sign the agreement and send it to Albany without Phil Rumore's signature but she doesn't know if it will be accepted.

Meanwhile, Rumore says he has met with their attorneys and is preparing to file a lawsuit against the State Commissioner of Education.