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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

State Ed to release SIG funds, district given ok to carry it over for summer school activities only

Buffalo school teachers in buildings across  district voted on a teacher evaluation plan acceptable  to the state education department bureaucrats.

The state stopped  SIG funds back in January when the district and union had not sent an "approvable" teacher evaluation plan they had signed off on in the previous SIG application for Race to the Top funds.

The  new plan similar to the one written in March includes provisions for allowing teachers extra points as much as 2, to compensate for second language students and the attendance of severely absent students  added to the elementary schools not just secondary as previously agreed.

As a result, state released $5.6 million SIG funds that has to be used by June 30th.

"At this time, [the state] is allowing [the district] the ability to carry over funds to support summer activities only," he said. "When [the district] has an approved [teacher-evaluation] agreement for 2012-13, the district may apply to carry over the remaining funds into the 2012-13 school year."

That plan has to be in place by July 1.

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