Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Late Friday afternoon, the Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore and the acting schools Superintendant Amber Dixon agreed on a document concerning teacher evalutions.
Details were not spelled out. However, it is believed that the document will satisfy the state so that they will release millions of dollars for six low-performing schools.
The funding totals $9.3 million. Dixon tells 2 On Your Side, about half of the money was suspended until there was agreement on the teacher evaluations.
The State Education Department must approve the plan.
The district had a one-week extension granted and will be meeting with the State Education Department in Albany March 29, but it was still supposed to turn in the agreement by Friday. If the deadline is missed, the school district may not be able to get back millions of dollars in federal School Improvement Grant funding for six persistently low-achieving schools it was counting on, and 70 jobs in 38 schools may be on the line.
We asked to speak with BTF President Phil Rumore Thursday, but he refused to grant an interview with 2 On Your Side. He said wasn't pleased Channel 2's coverage of this story, citing Wednesday's story, in which he once again refused an interview with 2 On Your Side.
2 On Your Side contacted Rumore's office again on Friday was told by his secretary that he is not speaking to the media today.
With an issue concerning so many teachers and students, and millions of dollars in funding, 2 On Your Side will continue to stand up for Western New York families and get answers.