Buffalo, NY - The executive committee of the Buffalo Teachers Federation has voted unanimously to pursue legal action over teacher evaluations.
The Buffalo Teachers Federation joins NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association in a legal fight to try to make sure that no teacher is adversely impacted by the evaluations or any process associated with the evaluations.
The unions are questioning the validity of the results from a new, untested and untried system. They entered into a memorandum of understanding to protect teachers from negative consequences. This MOU has since been criticized by the state education department.
BTF President Phil Rumore says, "There was no fraud. There was no intent to fraud. We believe what we negotiated was legal as did between 50 and 100 other school districts."
The union has also voted to fight the state from withholding any money from students.
They will also consider rescinding their evaluation agreement if they feel its necessary.