Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Friday, October 1, 2010

Reinstate Attendance Teachers top of Buffalo teachers list at persistently failing high schools

"Buffalo teachers say it would make sense to reinstate all those attendance teachers who were let go so early in Williams' tenure."

The teachers composed a list to help the district compete for Race to the Top funds the 2nd time around. While it is a long list, the teachers in the high schools designated as persistently failing asked for the re-reinstatement of Attendance teachers, including attendance support staff, attendance incentive programs, revamped Attendance Policy, and research based data driven attendance models at Lafayette, Bennett, Riverside and South Park High Schools.

In July 2005, the district sent lay-off letters to Attendance Teachers and in August 2005, the Board of Education voted to eliminate them all except for three. Recently one of these teachers retired and the District didn't replace him. So now there are only two Attendance Teachers serving 34,000 students in the Buffalo Public School system while the district high school attendance rates dropped drastically from 2005 to 2010.

Superintendent Williams to present the revised plan to the Buffalo Board of Education in a Special meeting on Friday, but most of them including the superintendent flying out to Baltimore to attend the Council of Urban Board of Education Conference.

Also, math and science teachers laid-off in September?

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