That means school improvement grant funding will be restored to the Buffalo school district.
"Once the plan is signed by the district and the union, SIG funding will be restored to the Buffalo School District," Commissioner John King said. "The money will be welcome, of course. Buffalo’s SIG schools need all the resources they can get to help their students succeed. But it’s not just about funding. Teacher evaluations build better performance; they help teachers improve their practice, which in turn will help students improve their performance. Our goal is to ensure every student graduates from high school ready for college and careers. That’s not happening in Buffalo right now. Students in SIG schools have been denied a good education for far too long. But meaningful teacher evaluations and the improvements funded with SIG money should help start to turn that around.
"It’s been a long struggle, but thanks to the perseverance of the District and the unions, today is a victory for every student in one of the six affected SIG schools. This is the first step toward a brighter tomorrow for the students and the city."
King said his office returned the agreement to the District after making two typographical corrections. The agreement must still be ratified by the Buffalo Teachers Federation and signed by its president as well as the superintendent. SED’s communication to the district and the agreement can be found HERE.
The district and Buffalo Teachers Federation have been battling over such a plan, which was sent to the state education department on Friday.