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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

State Ed rejects Buffalo teacher evaluation plan

"Rumore was not able to answer a delegate's question about whether suspensions would be counted as absences, some teachers said. "A lot of delegates and a lot of teachers were very unhappy about how Phil Rumore handled the whole process," said Marc Bruno, a union representative at Riverside High School," in a Buffalo News story yesterday.

Suspensions can't be factored in as absences in any evaluation plans because it's impermissible in state education law.

Unfortunately, attendance teachers were not represented in  the Buffalo Teachers Federation delegate council meeting on Tuesday and at all meetings since September. 

The BTF leadership have not supported these teachers to organize themselves to elect a delegate chair.

And when an attendance teacher told BTF President Phil Rumore more could have been done to employ the laid off teachers in other job openings in the district instead of suffering for six-years after they were recalled in September 2011, Rumore responded by abruptly standing up from his chair at this meeting scheduled in his office on February 15, 2012.

When asked why he  ended the meeting, Rumore answered because "accusations were being made about the BTF."

One of the teachers upset with the behavior and reaction of the union president responded by telling Rumore if he is unable to listen to teachers concerns, he should consider retiring again look for another job.

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