January 17th is the deadline for the State Department of Education to approve or deny Buffalo's teacher evaluation plan and the word came just after 3 p.m. January 17th that the plan was approved.
That means Buffalo schools will now get the $33 million in State aid tied to that approval. The evaluation plan is valid for the next two years.
The union, the district, and now the State have all agreed on how Buffalo teachers will be evaluated, which will include the performance of English Language Learners, Special Education students, students in poverty and chronically absent students.
Here's part of a statement released by State Education Commissioner John King shortly after he announced the approval,
"Our goal is to make sure every student graduates from high school ready to succeed in college or careers. Buffalo's evaluation plan is a major step toward helping Buffalo students reach that goal."
It's not good news for everybody. The Hamburg school district submitted its plan to the State but it wasn't signed by the teachers union so it won't even be considered.
The Hamburg superintendent says they are still working with the union to get a deal done. Administrators have until midnight January 17th to submit a plan and have it approved.