One Last Chance for Buffalo to Save Education Funding?

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM EDT

By John Borsa

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Parents and students are frustrated that the Buffalo Public Schools and teachers have failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations.

That was the message delivered to members of the school board Wednesday night.

"I see a meaningful new teacher evaluation system getting decimated before it's even implemented. I see adults bickering over ways to shirk responsibility for our struggling students. I see no plan to address the fact that half of our students are failing to graduate," said Julius Martinez, a student at Buffalo State College.

Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon will travel to Albany on Thursday to meet with state officials to find a way to preserve $5 million in funding this year and almost $50 million next school year.

To keep the money flowing, the district must come to an agreement with Buffalo teachers. Both sides have failed to reach a compromise.

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