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2019 - 2020 School Year
 
JANUARY 29, 2020
BTF TO ORGANIZE AND IDENTIFY BPS PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN MAY BE ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY DECISION TO EXCLUDE BPS STUDNETS FROM ERIE COUNTY INTERSCHOLASTIC CONFFERENCE
DAY OF SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT FOR BUFFALO STUDENTS, JANUARY 31, 2020
The BTF Council of Delegates, comprised of elected teachers from all schools, unanimously adopted a Motion calling for “BTF to begin identifying & working with the parents of students that will be adversely << Read More >>
 
JANUARY 17, 2020
BTF RELEASES DISTURBING SCHOOL SAFETY AND UNACCEPTABLE LEARNING CONDITIONS SURVEY - CALLS FOR MANDATORY INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR SUSPENDED STUDENTS TO PREVENT FUTURE SUSPENSIONS
“The ‘call’ by the Erie County Interscholastic Conference denying the Buffalo Public Schools’ football teams entry into the Erie County Interscholastic Conference will not go unchallenged. << Read More >>
 
JANUARY 15, 2020
BTF CALLS FOR LEGAL ACTION AGAINST ERIE COUNTY INTERSCHOLASTIC CONFERENCE
“The very disturbing response from hundreds of teachers (749), from 61 of the 76 schools/sites over a short period of time, is an urgent call for immediate action by the Superintendent and Board of Education to ensure that suspended students are provided with intervention services.. << Read More >>
 
DECEMBER 17, 2019
TEACHERS AND PARENTS TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST BUFFALO SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR DEPRIVING STUDENTS OF REQUIRED ART AND MUSIC INSTRUCTION
Parents and teachers of Buffalo students have filed a legal action against the Buffalo Public Schools for undermining the education of their children by not providing the art and music courses required by New York State law. << Read More >>
 
SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
BUFFALO TEACHER PROTEST RALLY
The BTF today, in addition to having filed a Declaration of Impasse between the BTF and the Buffalo School District, filed an Improper Practice Charge with the NYS Public Employment Board for failure to bargain in good faith. << Read More >>
 
SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
BTF PROTEST RALLY SCHEDULED
Buffalo teacher will be holdong a protest rally before the next Board of Education meeting on September 18, 2019. << Read More >>.
 

2018 - 2019 School Year
 
AUGUST 27, 2019
BTF DECLARES IMPASSE AND FILES IMPROPER PRATICE CHARGES AGAINST DISTRICT 
The BTF today, in addition to having filed a Declaration of Impasse between the BTF and the Buffalo School District, filed an Improper Practice Charge with the NYS Public Employment Board for failure to bargain in good faith. << Read More >>
 
JUNE 26, 2019
BTF STATEMENT RELATING TO UNLOCK THE CAGES DEMOSTRATION
BTF President, Phil Rumore released the following statement in reference to the Unlock the Cages Demonstration. << Read More >>
 
JUNE 14, 2019
BTF SUPPORTS BOARD RESOLUTION BARRING COUNCIL MEMBER ULYSEES O. WINGO, SR. FROM BUFFALO SCHOOLS
The BTF Executive Committee and Council of Delegates from all Buffalo Public Schools yesterday unanimously approved a strong resolution of support for the proposed Board of Education resolution. << Read More >>
 
May 21, 2019
BUFFALO TEACHERS FEDERATION CONDEMNS COUNCILMAN WINGO'S STATEMENT
BTF President, Philip Rumore, today, excoriated Councilman Ulysees Wingo, Sr. for his May 17, 2019 at 7:01 p.m. public statement made after he brought a loaded gun and ammunition into a Buffalo Public School. << Read More >>
 
April 9, 2019
BUFFALO ADMINISTRATORS COERCING PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO TAKE STATE TESTS
Once again Buffalo school administrators are using false statements, intimidating calls to parents, intimidating meetings with students, excluding students not taking the tests from socials, drawings, etc. << Read More >>
 
April 2, 2019
BUFFALO SCHOOL DISTRICT OBSTRUCTS BTF NEGOTIATIONS ON THE FIRST DAY
At the first negotiations session between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and Buffalo School District, after the BTF agreed to significant changes to the negotiations ground rules ... <<Read More>>
 
February 28, 2019
BTF RELEASES DISTURBING McKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL SURVEY
The BTF, today, released a survey of Buffalo teachers at McKinley High School that reveled a very disturbing current assessment of the teaching and learning conditions at McKinley High School. <<Read More>>
 
February 15, 2019
McKINLEY TEACHER ASSAULTED BY STUDNET RETURNED, BUT NOT TO McKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL
The teacher who was severely injured,as the result of a student assault,is being returned to work; however, he has been involuntarily transferred from McKinley High School ... <<Read More>>
 
February 8, 2019
BTF ACCUSES SUPERINTENDENT AND SCHOOL BOARD COVER-UP AT MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL
“In response to our February 4, 2019 Press Release, apparently the Superintendent, School Board and Principal are attempting to cover-up the downward spiraling graduation rate ... <<Read More>>
 
January 23, 2019
BTF RESPONDS TO "INSULTING, DEROGATORY AND FALSE" SCHOOL DISTRICT STATEMENT
“The District statement apparently approved by the Superintendent and Board of Education is insulting, derogatory and false. <<Read More>>
 
January 14, 2019
CONTINUED UNACCEPTABLE SAFETY AND LEARNING CONDITIONS AT MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL
January 2018 – the first ever vote of No Confidence for a principal, Marck Abraham, McKinley High School, signed by over 60% of the faculty. Note: Many were afraid to sign because of the fear of reprisals, <<Read More>>
 
September 24, 2018
DISTRICT FOUND GUILTY OF TEACHER REPRISAL AND HARMING THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS AT CITY HONORS
An arbitrator has ruled that the Buffalo School District retaliated against the teachers at City Honors for prevailing in an arbitration against the District and harmed the students’ education by eliminating 5.5 teacher positions to fund the restoration of <<Read More>>
 

 
2017 - 2018 School Year
 
May 21, 2018
BUFFALO TEACHER TRANSFER PROCESS – AN IMPENDING DISASTER
“The Teacher Transfer Process is a disastrous demonstration of Incompetence, Falsehoods, a complete willful disregard for BTF/District agreements and attempts by the BTF to work with the District to correct the many serious problems <<Read More>>
 
April 24, 2018
BTF/SCHOOL DISTRICT SET CITY HONORS ARBITRATION AND NEGOTIATIONS DATES
“While it is difficult and time consuming to find an arbitrator who can accommodate a speedy arbitration date, the BTF and District have found and agreed upon an arbitrator who can hold an expedited hearing on the City Honors arbitration <<Read More>>
 
April 23, 2018
BTF TO BUFFALO SCHOOL BOARD, COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AND BOARD OF REGENTS – END DEGRADING, DESTRUCTIVE AND HURTFUL ACTIONS AGAINST STUDENTS AND PARENTS
The Buffalo Teachers Federation today called upon the Buffalo Board of Education, Commissioner of Education and Board of Regents (attached) to ensure that the destructive and hurtful actions <<Read More>>
 
March 1, 2018
BTF CALLS FOR NATION-WIDE ACTION ON SCHOOL VIOLENCE
In addition to calling for specific state-wide and national actions to ensure the safety of students and school personnel, the BTF invited organizations, schools, school districts and concerned <<Read More>>
 
February 14, 2018
JUDGE HALTS CITY HONORS TEACHER TRANSFERS
Today, Honorable John O’Donnell, issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) preventing the Buffalo School District from transferring 5.5 teachers from City Honors School. <<Read More>>
 
February 8, 2018
BTF PROPOSES "TEACHING AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE"
The Buffalo Teachers Federation today called on the Buffalo School District to work with the BTF to establish a standing "Teaching and Learning Environment Committee" to address the concerns raised in its Disruptive Student Survey <<Read More>>
 
February 7, 2018
DISTRICT BREAKS OFF CITY HONORS NEGOTIATIONS - BTF RESPONDS
Although the Buffalo School District is apparently trying to convince the community that it is willing to continue negotiations at City Honors, that is not true. <<Read More>>
 
January 29, 2018
BTF RELEASES DISTURBING DISRUPTIVE STUDENT BEHAVIOR SURVEY
The responses of one thousand, two hundred and seventeen (1,217) Buffalo Teachers to a BTF online survey relating to disruptive student behavior/discipline in the Buffalo Public Schools is a cause for great concern. << Read More >>
 
January 18, 2018
RUMORE DEFENDS TEACHERS AND PARENTS SEEKING REMOVAL OF SCHOOL #18 PRINCIPAL
“Teachers at School #18 and other teachers in the District are angered that the Superintendent, Dr. Kriner Cash, has rejected teacher and parent calls for the removal of Principal Aakta Patel, sided with the Principal and in effect said if you don’t like it at the school <<Read More>>
 
November 22, 2017
A SEVERE LACK OF DIVERSITY IN ERIE COUNTY CHARTER SCHOOLDS AND POSSIBLE RESEGREGATION
The Buffalo Teachers Federation today released a troubling report prepared for the BTF by NYSUT, the BTF’s State affiliation. The report details the extreme lack of Administrator Diversity and the general lack of diversity in the Erie County Charter Schools <<Read More>>
 

 
2016 - 2017 School Year
 
August 8, 2017
DISTRICT FOUND GUILTY OF VIOLATING NYS LAW PROPOSED SCHEDULE CHANGES
New York State Justice Tracy Bannister has found that the Buffalo School Superintendent violated NYS law when he attempted to use Receivership powers to unilaterally change the starting and ending times at three (3) schools << Read More >>
 
May 9, 2017
RUMORE CALLS UPON BUFFALO COMMON COUNCIL TO REJECT MAYOR'S EDUCATION ALLOCATION
BTF President, Phil Rumore, today released a letter to the Mayor and Common Council calling the City's funding for Buffalo's students "disgraceful". Rumore releases chart that showed that the << Read More >>
 
April 4, 2017
RUMORE BLASTS JACOBS' ATTACK ON TEACHERS
BTF President, Philip Rumore, today, blasted Senator Chris Jacobs’ attack on the Buffalo School District and the teachers’ contract. “Senator Jacobs, an anti-public school, anti-teacher, pro-charter school advocate has again shown his contempt for our schools and teachers. << Read More >>
 
March 31, 2017
BPO "KIDS TAKE OVER KLEINHANS" CONCERT SERIES
Once again this year, the Buffalo Teachers Federation is offering over 300 tickets to Buffalo Public School parents/guardians, BTF members and their children to attend the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's "Kids Take Over Kleinhans" concert series << Read More >>
 
January 18, 2017
BTF AUTHORIZES LEGAL ACTION TO REMOVE CARL PALADINO
Today, the BTF authorized legal action with the Commissioner of Education to remove Carl Paladino from the Buffalo Board of Education. The legal actions claim Carl Paladino << Read More >>

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