Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Buffalo News education blogger, Mary Pasciak reported $5.6 million in aid likely restored to six schools after State Education Commissioner John B. King issued a pubic statement he will approve the latest teacher evaluation plan, the Buffalo Teacher Federation and the district had agreed upon on Wednesday. King threatened to stop the SIG funds to the Buffalo schools in December after no "approvable" teacher evaluation plan was submitted to him by the required deadline as stipulated in the application both parties had previously signed with the State Education Department. Pasciak wrote, "under the proposed agreement, any teacher in a school where 20 percent or more of the enrolled students are not native English speakers will have 2 points added to their overall evaluation score, which is out of a possible 100 points. " Also, allowances in the attendance of chronically and severely absent students provided only in the section where 20% of the scoring exist. Buffalo schools to receive the funds are Dr. Martin Luther King, International School #45, Bennett, Burgard, Riverside, and South Park High Schools. The jobs of four attendance teachers at these high schools nearly lost as well until the district decided not to disrupt schools mid-year similar to 2005 when 15 of these teachers were laid off during a union dispute over health care insurance. That the district and BTF agreed on a teacher evaluation plan under the tenure of interim Super Amber Dixon moves her closer to seriously being the top contender for superintendent of Buffalo schools.