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

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mid year layoffs possible Buffalo schools

Buffalo Public Schools mid year layoffs possibly happening slips being sent out December 17, to meet the required 30 day notice period Super Pamela Brown announced at Wednesday night Board meeting.

Brown told board members last time she talked with BTF union representing teachers was about two weeks ago

The BCSA union reps for district administrators nearer to ironing out an APPR than BTF.

Super Brown asking community to help her rein the BTF back to contract negotiations to work out a teacher evaluation plan acceptable to State Ed officials in Albany before the January 17 deadline.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to withhold school funding unless union officials negotiate  with district a teacher evaluation plan by January 17.

Mean while, district officials in court appealing the involuntary teacher transfer ruling BTF won a few months ago.

The BTF Delegate Council voted to stop negotiating with district until Super Brown complied with court ruling make teachers whole for violating the collective bargaining agreement.

In other board news, school counselors moving along in doing senior reviews, district partnering with UB to help seniors with the financial aid process while Say Yes to Education application is ready and site facilitators selected for the PLA and Focus schools.

District won a $50,000 technology grant yearly for three years for the common core.

Turn out for the redistricting meetings low reported West District Rep. Ralph Hernandez, but there are three plans one to be selected soon in preparation for the School Board district seat elections in May. The nominating petition starts about the last week in February 2013.

State Ed received documents from Buffalo School Board regarding the Chameleon proposal to convert three schools to charters.

School Zone | The Buffalo News

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