BTF News & Alerts

03/07/19 - The BTF has always worked with the District to develop a school calendar that closely matches the BOCES calendar and provides for additional snow days...  2019-2020 School Calendar Memo

03/04/19 - There have been several calls to the BTF about the two proposed calendars sent to all teachers.  Some of the issues are addressed ... Proposed Calendars Memo

02/28/19 - Please find information regarding the upcoming BTF Retirement Seminar here. Please complete the bottom section of the form and return it to the BTF office by March 22, 2019 - BTF Retirement Seminar Memo

02/27/19 - Find two (2) proposed school calendars for the 2019-2020 school year attached - 2019-2020 School Calendar Memo

02/26/19 - As you may have heard, NYSED has apparently agreed that school closings on Monday, February 25, 2019 will not be held against districts - Snow/Wind Day Memo

02/13/19 - Lack of Required Art/Music, Moment of Silence, Next Year’s School Calendar and Negotiations - BTF Updates Memo

02/04/19 - We have again worked with WIVB/WNLO to air Black History Month T.V. spots during the month of February - Black History Month TV Spots Memo

01/30/19 - The teachers at City Honors are asking for support for one of our colleagues - Request for Help Memo

01/29/19 - Information on the number of Snow / Hazardous days for the 2018-2019 calendar year - Snow/Hazardous Days Memo

01/24/19 - Read Across America & Variety Club Telethon Information

01/23/19 - Please inform us of any loss of pay, sick or personal days or other issues that arose as a result of the conflicting and unclear statements issued by the District - January 22, 2019 “School Closings” Memo

01/23/19 - While we celebrate the successes of our students, we cannot and will not ignore unsafe and unacceptable learning conditions - School Safety – School Learning Conditions – Frustration and Anger Memo

01/17/19 - Please find updated copies of information relating to the teaching and learning conditions at McKinley High School - McKinley High School Memo

01/07/19 - The BTF has again purchased tickets for the next BPO "Kids Take over Kleinhans" series!! - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra "Kids Take Over Kleinhans" Series Memo

01/04/19 - As indicated in our October Survey of teachers, there appears to be an increase in the number of students who have not been toilet trained - Student Toilet Training Memo

12/17/18 - The Attacks Have Begun Memo

11/16/18 - School Funding and Workplace Update Memo


10/11/18 - BTF Weekly Updates Email

10/04/18 - BTF Weekly Update Email

10/03/18 - We have received a copy of what in some schools is titled “CLASSROOM WALKTHROUGH FORM” - Classroom Walkthroughs (Drive-bys) Memo

10/01/18 - The BTF is offering all BTF members, and their children an opportunity to attend the BPO "Kids Take over Kleinhans" - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra "Kids Take Over Kleinhans" Series Memo


09/24/18 - Join BTF at the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk

09/19/18 - BTF Updates Memo


07/20/18 - This is just one of the many, many articles (what else would you expect from The Buffalo News?) that have but one objective – destroy union solidarity and unions - The Attacks Begin Memo

07/18/18 - As the District continues to utilize a flawed and contract violating transfer process, we ask that, when teachers who have requested a transfer are called... - Updates/issues Memo

07/09/18 - While we are grieving the transfer process, you should consider following it as directed by the District - Transfer Process Memo

06/25/18 - Things to remember - Transfers, Contract, and Board Elections Memo

06/14/18 - The District has, just today (about 1:00 p.m.), agreed to the two (2) MOU’s drafted by the BTF to address immediate transfer issues that, if not corrected, would present problems for teachers. - BTF Transfer MOUs Memo

06/12/18 - BTF End of the Year Solidarity Social

06/12/18 - As per the contract, a joint BTF/District committee was formed to “improve the Buffalo Public Schools athletic program.” - Coaching MOU Memo

06/08/18 - Buffalo Teachers Federation - Night at the Ballpark

06/07/18 - Despite the rumors, there has been no agreement between the BTF and the District relating to any changes in the transfer process - Transfer and Other Information Memo

06/05/18 - The BTF Contract is now available online. Click Here to view the PDF.

06/04/18 - We have compiling the information teachers have sent to us relating to safety concerns in their building and in general; however, we wanted to give you another opportunity to relay school safety concerns to us - School Safety Concerns

06/04/18 - Tom Pisa, who lead the BTF for over 11 years through very difficult times - Sad News Memo

05/23/18 - Approved 2018-2018 School Calendar

05/17/18 - Memos sent to the Superintendent, the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Members of the Board of Education - Transfer Process Memo

05/04/18 - We have made no agreement to return to the horrendous transfer policy attempted by the District last year. Transfers are to take place as per our contract and past practice. - Transfer Memo

04/11/18 - The horror stories abound relating to how principals are shaming students and parents into not opting-out of the State Tests - Pathetic Tactics to Force Students/Parents to Not Opt-Out Memo

04/10/18 - Please find two (2) proposed school calendars for the 2018-2019 school year - 2018-2019 School Calendar Memo

03/28/18 - Our first full page Open Letter to Our Students is in this week’s edition of The Public - Open Letter to Our Students – You Give Us Hope Memo

03/22/18 - Teacher Transfers – An Impending Mess for the District Memo

03/21/18 - Please support students by joining with the “March for Our Lives” rally at 1:30 on March 24, 2018 at Lafayette Square - March for Our Lives – March 24, 2018 Memo

03/21/18 - Opportunity for teachers to participate in a summer employment opportunity speaking with other NYUST members in your community - Member Organizing Institute WNY May 4-6 Memo

03/19/18 - Continuing Offensive Against District’s Healthcare Change Memo

03/15/18 - The Buffalo Administrators have filed a grievance seeking to have the District prohibited from implementing our APPR - Administrators’ Grievance – Teachers’ APPR Memo

03/15/18 - FYI - Teachers should continue to follow the procedure outlined in the Contract as per our last email - Transfer Grievance Memo

03/13/18 - Parents are being told that non-teaching duties assigned to teachers at City Honors are also assigned to teachers in the District - Non-Teaching Duties/Teacher Aides Memo

03/10/18 - Spring Social Event

03/09/18 - Transfer Reminder Memo

03/09/18 - Know Your BTF Contract & Other Issues - Transfers, Meetings with Administrator, Academic Freedom, Opt-Out, Personal Days Memo


02/14/18 - Judge Halts City Honors Teacher Transfers - Press Release

02/13/18 - Buffalo Teachers Federation Day Trip at Kissing Bridge

02/07/18 - We have again worked with WIVB/WNLO to air Black History Month T.V. spots - Black History Month TV Spots Memo

02/02/18 - The District is once again intent on setting teacher against teacher, parents against teachers and parents against parents - District Attempts to Divide and Conquer Memo

01/29/18 - Press Release - BTF Releases Disturbing Disruptive Student Behavior Survey

01/29/18 - We are in receipt of the recent “Important Notice” from the District stating that they have been advised that certain services provided under the elective cosmetic surgery rider - District Correspondence – Tax on Cosmetic Surgery Memo

01/16/18 - Buffalo Public Schools have received over 1800 students in the past few months from Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria.  Most of these children came to Buffalo with very little. - Donations Needed for Children from Puerto Rico Memo

01/12/18 - We have received requests that the BTF withdraw its support for the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization (B.P.T.O.) based upon the negative comments relating to teachers at City Honors - Parent Comment Against City Honors Teachers Memo

01/03/18 - After serious concerns and an untimely and unnerving correspondence to retired teachers from BlueCross BlueShield of WNY - Investigation of Recent BlueCross BlueShield Problems for Retirees Memo

12/20/17 - We are beginning to receive reports that teachers are being told to change their SLO targets and/or grades - Teachers Being Told to Alter Targets, SLO’s, and/or Student Grades Memo

11/22/17 - BTF Analysis – A Severe Lack of Diversity in Erie County Charter Schools and Possible Resegregation

11/09/17 - After many years of litigation, we have finally forced the District to implement a law that we had passed that provides more job security for many of our temporary teachers. The legislation is referred to as the Replacement Teacher Pool. New Job Security for Temporary Teachers Memo

11/06/17 - BTF Retired Teachers Healthcare Coverage Information

11/06/17 -  BTF Endorsements - We Must All VOTE NO! By VOTING NO we are protecting our public schools, our pensions and the right to collective bargaining.

10/30/17 - Since this is a BTF negotiated petty cash fund for teachers, teachers have determined how said funds are allocated - BTF Negotiated Petty Cash Fund Memo

10/18/17 - In a continuing effort to advise you of rights you have of which you may be unaware - Know Your Contract – School Files & Non-Teaching Duties Memo

10/17/17 - Here is the amazing “Vote No!” video that we commissioned. Yes, the rapper and video producer identified are Buffalo teachers. I’m sure you agree; they did a fantastic job. Thank you, Jeff and Keith - “Vote No” Video/Rap Disaster Relief Memo

10/11/17 - We still have “Vote No” bumper stickers and personal stickers in addition to the ones distributed for teachers at the Council of Delegates meeting - "VOTE NO" Materials Memo

10/10/17 - This is a copy of my response to a recent Buffalo News “Editorial” - Response to Buffalo News Editorial Memo

10/06/17 - We have been advised that some building administrators are attempting to circumvent the use of the District’s data input system (Infinite Campus) to report behavior referrals (student discipline) - Administrators Interfering with Student Behavior Referrals Memo

10/06/17 - We have been advised that some principals have told their teachers that they should not submit (input) behavior referrals into Infinite Campus - Administrators Disregard for Disciplinary Protocol Memo to Dr. Cash

10/04/17 - Thank you for your responses relating to late buses. Some schools have not included the scheduled arrival times - Late Buses Memo

09/27/17 - We continue to hear complaints relating to buses arriving very late to pick up students - Late Buses Memo

09/27/17 - Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

09/19/17 - Buffalo Teachers Federation Evening of Solidarity

08/29/17 - We are partnering with the Buffalo Red Cross to help those who so desperately need our help - Help for Houston Memo

08/17/17 - New York State Education Commissioner Elia  has removed Carl Paladino from the Buffalo Board of Education - Good News Memo

08/08/17 - District Found Guilty of Violating New York State Law - Proposed Schedule Changes Blocked at Three Schools

07/21/17 - Further Correspondence between Darren Brown and Phil Rumore regarding the False and Misleading Statements

07/19/17 - City Hall Administrators are committed to violating agreements, spreading false and misleading information and turning teachers against you and the District - More False and Misleading Statements by Darren Brown

07/12/17 - District and Superintendent Violations of MOUs and Lack of Honor Memo

06/23/17 - Administrators Changing Student Grades/Marks

06/22/17 - Memo to Dr. Kriner Cash, Superintendent, BPS "You have wanted a war - - you have one" Email Attachment Memo

06/22/17 - BTF Certification Flyer - From 6/22/2017 Emailing

06/21/17 - More Bad Faith Memo - To Dr, Kriner Cash, Superintendent, BPS

06/09/17 - Latest correspondence to the District regarding Transfer Day - FYI Memo

06/06/17 - Special Education teachers who arrived at the “Transfer Day” meeting yesterday were informed that the seniority list that we had forwarded to them from the District were incorrect - Incorrect Seniority Lists Memo

06/05/17 - Please find copies of the seniority lists and a copy of a form for you to complete if you find mistakes in the Seniority List Memo Here

05/25/17 - Certified Voting Results for the 2017 Election of BTF Officers - BTF Election Results Memo

05/24/17 - We continue to receive complaints relating to school conversations/interviews - New Transfer Procedure Memo

05/24/17 - The draft grade reporting timeline is attached for the 2017-2018 school year - Draft Grade Reporting Timeline Memo

05/17/17 - Please see the attached letter that was sent to the District. We believe the Professional Conversation Form can only be accessed by teachers who applied for a transfer - FYI - Transfer Process Memo

05/12/17 - Memo: Williamsville Board of Education Election

05/11/17 - Memo: Additional Costs of Adding Minutes to Teachers' Schedules of Schools #3, #59, and #89

05/08/17 - Free Bridge Lessons for Students - Flyer

05/08/17 - Memo: Rally in Support of New Administrator's Contract

05/08/17 - Memo: Receivership Power or Principles relating to Voluntary and Involuntary Transfers

05/03/17 - Memo: More Legal Action Against District

05/03/17 - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra "Kids Take Over Kleinhans" Series memo and ticket request form

05/03/17 - Legal Action Against District Memo

04/28/17 - Friday Email - Special Education Problems Memo

04/26/17 - Books for Kids Drive - Please consider donating books to the W.B.L.K. radio station’s “Books for Kids” drive. In conjunction with Project Flight, the goal is to collect books so that all WNY area children can enjoy the gift of reading. We are collecting books from Pre-K – 12.  You may drop your donations off at the BTF office no later than Monday, May 1st.

04/24/17 - Trial Transfer Process - Copy of email sent - Email Attachment

04/18/17 - Approved 2017-2018 School Calendar Memo

04/03/17 - The BTF has filed a Federation (class action) grievance, BTF 16-113, regarding teachers’ use of the contractual death in the immediate family benefit - Death in the Immediate Family Contractual Benefit Aka Bereavement Leave Memo

03/31/17 - APPR Document Memo - We have double underlined some of the parts that have not been understood by some administrators.

03/27/17 - As you know from our previous emails, the New York State Senate budget bill will devastate our schools. Please contact the legislators – especially our New York State Republican Senators - New York State Budget Alert – A Possible Disaster for Schools Memo

03/24/17 - Again this year, the BTF is offering all Buffalo Public School parents/guardians, BTF members, and their children an opportunity to attend the BPO “Kids Take over Kleinhans” - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra “Kids Take Over Kleinhans” Series Memo

03/23/17 - BTF Supports New City Honors Admissions Policy

03/23/17 - In 2005, the District abruptly and inappropriately laid off its attendance teachers - Request for Information – Upcoming Arbitration Hearing - Classroom teachers performing attendance teacher duties

03/22/17 - Our Fight for School Funding - BTF presentation to the Western New York State Legislative Delegation, Governor and New York State Senate and Assembly leaders

03/21/17 - When the District first contemplated moving to an electronic swipe card payroll system, the BTF filed grievance BTF 14-124 - Request for Information – Upcoming Grievance Hearing BTF 14-124

03/20/17 - Phil Rebuts Buffalo News “Editorial”

03/20/17 - In recent years, the District has found itself failing to meet the physical education requirements established by the New York State Education Department - Request for Information – Upcoming Arbitration Hearing BTF 13-064

03/13/17 - We have been informed that teachers are having problems retrieving student information from eDoctrina to complete their SLO’s - Updates Memo - 03/13/2017

03/03/17 - As you know, the BTF is in strong support of the Opt-Out movement to protect our children from - Updates Memo

02/15/17 - The District was prepared to notify many schools by February 1, 2017 that their schedules would be changed in order to comply with the Commissioner's and our contract timelines - Starting/Ending Time Changes

01/23/17 - Please contact our U. S. State Senator and members of the House of Representatives seeking their commitment to vote and lobby against the appointment of Betsy DeVos - Stop the Betsy DeVos Appointment Memo

01/20/17 - BTF Authorizes Legal Action to Remove Carl Paladino - BTF Press Release



01/04/17 - We are hearing of concerns that have arisen in schools relating to the reported statements of Board of Education member Carl Paladino - Board Member Carl Paladino’s Statements Memo

01/03/17 - The New York State Education Department has approved our APPR Plan - APPR Approval by NYSED Memo

12/20/16 - Final version of the Teacher Evaluation Document and the Further Examples of Observations Based Upon the Approved Rubric Indicators Document - APPR Memo

12/14/16 - We have reached a tentative APPR agreement with the District that under the new law must be in effect and approved by NYSED prior to January 2017 or the District will lose $50,000,000 in State Aid - APPR – Tentative Agreement Memo

12/09/16 - We have reached a tentative agreement with the District and presented the components to our all-teacher committee (20 teachers were present) - APPR, Teacher Absenteeism Updates Memo

11/17/16 - We have heard different stories relating to our students’ reactions to the Presidential election - Post-Election Observations Memo

11/15/16 - We continue to receive complaints relating to oversized classes - mostly in the elementary schools but also in the secondary (7-12) schools - Class Size Excess Memo

10/26/16 - As expected, the Albany New York State Supreme Court has upheld the State Education Department and New York State in our challenge to Receivership - Adverse Receivership Decision Memo

10/22/16 - While everyone is grateful that all of what are called “Hold Steps” have finally been removed, there are still questions as to the impact of their removal - “Hold Steps” Memo

10/19/16 - While no contract ever provides everything every person wants, we believe our new contract addresses major shortfalls in the 1999-2004 contract - Contract Overview Memo


** The date on this email, October 15, 2017, is obviously incorrect since we did not settle the contract until after 11 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2016, ratify and signed the contract until October 17, 2016. Indeed, my letter is dated October 17, 2016.

We have also verified via our computer logs that this was sent on October 17, 2016 at 10:46 pm.

There was an attempt by Mr. Paladino's attorneys to use this email, apparently as evidence that we had breached confidentiality and published information from their executive session. We will not correct the date at this time. We don't want to be accused of tampering with evidence.

10/14/16 - While it has been well publicized by the BTF and the media, just a reminder that there will be an all member meeting on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. - All Membership Meeting Memo

10/13/16 - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk - Location Change Flyer

10/11/16 - The BTF will be presenting a visual point-by-point slide-by-slide rebuttal to the distorted and incorrect teacher compensation presentation at the last Board of Education meeting - Reminder - Stop the Lies Demonstration Memo

09/29/16 - One of the largest BTF Solidarity Rallies in history took place yesterday - Solidarity! Solidarity! Solidarity! Memo

09/28/16 - We still have not received the number of teacher rally participates from some of the schools on the attached Rally Tally Report - Rally Attendance Memo

09/28/16 - While up to today, negotiations were going well, negotiations did not go well today - Negotiations Update Memo

09/27/16 - BTF Participation in Making Stride Against Breast Cancer Walk

09/27/16 - Although many schools have not reported their projected teacher attendance at the rally on Wednesday, September 28 at 4 pm, we will be emailing the list of schools and their reported teacher commitments later today - Rally Roll Call List Memo

09/26/16 - The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released proposed changes to the Common Core Requirements - Revised Common Core Memo

09/26/16 - Please share this invitation with any newly hired teachers in your building - New Member Orientation Memo

09/23/16 - Error in Extended Pay Plan Deductions - PLEASE READ

09/20/16 - We will be sending this update to all members every couple of days so you can compare how your school turnout for our September 28th rally compares to other schools - Solidarity Rally Tally Memo

09/19/16 - Arbitrator, Michael S. Lewandowski has ruled that the Board of Education violated our contract by unilaterally removing the cosmetic surgery benefit from our contract - Cosmetic Surgery Coverage - Arbitration Decision Memo

09/19/16 - After meeting with our full negotiating team on September 14, 2016, we presented our counter proposals to the District on September 15, 2016 - Negotiations Update Memo

09/12/16 - Remember September 13, 2016 is Primary Day. Most important elections are won or lost in the primaries. Please take the time to vote. Primary Election Memo

09/12/16 - Negotiations/Cosmetic Surgery Rider Updates Memo


08/31/16 - As you may know, Dr. Peter Loehr and Bruce Boissonnault have been conducting school climate surveys of teachers of all schools for the last three year - School Climate Survey Memo


08/09/16 - Buffalo School District Found Guilty of Bad Faith Negotiations with BTF. Charges Against BTF Rejected (Court Decision) (Press Release)

07/26/16 - Negotiations, Cosmetic Surgery Rider and Teachers Interviewing Other Teachers Updates - Updates Memo

07/21/16 - Administrative changes that were made by the Board at their meeting on July 19, 2016 - FYI Administrative Changes Memo

07/14/16 - The Board’s vindictive assaults on two (2) of the Riverside teachers have been dismissed by the appointed hearing officer - Update - Riverside Teachers Vindicated Memo

07/08/16 - We have just been informed by the District that reimbursement checks for the Extended Pay Plan deductions - Extended Pay Plan Deductions Memo

07/07/16 - In working with the two banks involved and the District, it is our understanding that the Extended Pay Plan monies, deducted by the District in error - Extended Pay Plan Update of Two Previous Emails Memo

07/05/16 - Teach For America


06/28/16 - Since there still seems to be some confusion relating to site-based management teams (SBMT’s), we have included the Board Approved document.. Site-Based Document Memo

06/21/16 - Teachers on the site-based teams are being asked to support various after-school providers for their school - After School “Partners” Memo

06/17/16 - We still need more examples of cosmetic surgery scheduled that we can use to show "irreparable harm" for our Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) - Cosmetic Surgery Rider - More Information Needed

06/09/16 - We will be filing charges against the District as well as filing the required grievance - Cosmetic Surgery Rider – The Latest Attack on Teachers

06/10/16 - THE BTF WILL NOT BE BULLIED - June 10, 2016 Preliminary Meeting Memo

06/08/16 - Here is a copy of the latest demonstration of bad faith negotiations that was proposed by the current Board majority - Negotiations Update Memo

05/26/16 - Help Verizon Strikers!

05/19/16 - I am excited to inform you that for the fourth year, each student in Buffalo Public Schools will be receiving a new book - First Book Memo

05/17/16 - Solidarity – BTF Elections Memo

05/16/16 - BTF Updates Memo

05/10/16 - Celebrate With The Buffalo Teachers Federation Our Many Victories Flyer

05/09/16 - Last Call - Special Education Problems Memo

05/05/16 - THEY ARE THERE FOR US. WE WILL BE THERE FOR THEM. The battle Verizon Workers are fighting is for all of labor - Solidarity with Verizon Workers Memo

05/04/16 - We did it!! Against all odds, we elected a school board majority that will work with teachers in the interests of our students. - Victory Memo

04/28/16 - The Buffalo Students Deserve campaign's next event is a rally to be held outside City Hall on Saturday, April 30, 2016 - Buffalo Students Deserve Rally Memo

04/27/16 - This was emailed to The Buffalo News. Let's see if it is printed or how it is "modified" - Op-Ed Article Memo

04/13/16 - District proposes two calendars for the 2016-2017 school year - ACTION REQUESTED! - Proposed School Calendar Memo

04/13/16 - In case you missed this article in The Buffalo News; Buffalo school funding advocates taking it to the streets

04/06/16 - We are hearing of some outrageous stories relating to what some administrators are inflicting on students who are “opting-out” of the New York State assessments - Opt-Out “Horror” Stories Memo

03/16/16 - Send your New York State Legislators a message - Call to Action Memo

03/15/16 - The Superintendent and some current members of the Board of Education have apparently decided to stonewall our negotiations in hope of breaking our solidarity - Negotiations/Opt-Out Update Memo

03/09/16 - In our unrelenting fight against Receivership and invalidated, inappropriate and student demoralizing testing, the BTF Executive Committee passed... - BTF/NYSUT Attack Receivership Memo

03/09/16 - In order to both follow-up on the important work that was started as well as providing opportunities to those who did not attend we are offering a Make-up Session and Follow-up Session - Spring Break with BTF (Summit Make-Up) Memo

03/09/16 - Reminder - United Teachers of Flint  - BTF/Flint – We Care Initiative Memo - NOTE: Teachers can give checks to delegates who will be attending the Council of Delegates meeting tomorrow

03/01/16 - There is much confusion relating to the recently reported Receivership/Priority School lists - New Receivership/Priority Schools List Memo

02/26/16 - We have been in contact with the United Teachers of Flint to determine how we can help - BTF/Flint – We Care Initiative Memo

02/26/16 - Due to retirements, there are two vacancies on the BTF Executive Committee - Executive Committee Vacancies Memo

02/23/16 - BTF is offering all Buffalo Public School parents/guardians, BTF members, and their children an opportunity to attend the BPO “Kids Take over Kleinhans” - BPO “Kids Take over Kleinhans Memo

02/22/16 - A BTF activist summit was held the weekend of February 5th and 6th. In order to both follow-up on the important work that was started as well as providing opportunities to those who did not attend we are offering the following session - BTF – Member Activist Summit Memo

02/10/16 - By-law Change - Please Post

02/09/16 - In case you missed this - They actually did not cut it very much! - Buffalo News Editorial Memo

02/09/16 - The BTF has been working to overturn this vindictive anti-student, anti-teacher legislation - BTF Legal Challenge to Receivership Filed Memo

02/08/16 - Reminder - United We Stand Solidarity Protest

02/05/06 - Receivership Resolution Passed by NYSUT Memo

02/04/16 - We have been informed that there may have been instances where an administrator(s) may have sought to obtain additional substitute teachers by exaggerating the number of days a teacher will be at an in-service and not in school - Legal Alert Memo

02/03/16 - United We Stand Solidarity Protest

02/02/16 - We are beginning to hear of some outrageous actions being taken by some administrators - Receivership Actions Taken By Administrators and District Memo

02/02/16 - The District is seeking teacher input on the proposed attendance policy - Proposed District Attendance Policy Memo

01/29/16 - Negotiations Update Memo

01/20/16 - PAC Update, Solidarity & Activist Summit Memo

01/20/16 - Due to a clerical error, a candidate for NYSUT Delegate to the NYSUT Representative Assembly was left off the ballot. Please do not mail any of the ballots you have - NYSUT Delegate Election Memo

01/19/16 - For those schools and other teachers who have not sent in their forms as of today, the registration deadline  for the Activist Summit that will be held on Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th has been extended until Friday, January 22nd - Activist Summit: Registration Deadline Extended Memo

01/14/16 - While most have read the Commissioner’s December 22, 2015 decision on the District’s submission relating to the twenty Receivership schools, there is still a little confusion relating to them. Here is a summary of her decision - Receivership – Commissioners December 22, 2015 Decision Memo

12/23/15 - Three Gifts - Story By Phil Rumore

12/18/15 - Kissing Bridge - Buffalo Teachers Federation Day Trip Information

12/11/15 - While the New York Common Core Task Force Final Report addresses many of the absurd anti-teaching and anti-learning edicts, it is only a report - Common Core Task Force Report Memo

12/07/15 - We want to ensure that we have an accurate record of teacher assaults - Teacher Assaults Memo

11/23/15 - WHAT THE BOARD SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR -  A Time of Thanks Memo to the Members of the Board of Education

11/18/15 - BTF alerts our National affiliates of the disastrous national implications of NYS's Receivership legislation - Correspondence to President Lily Eskelsen Garcia - Correspondence to President Randi Weingarten

11/13/15 - We have just been notified that we have received the APPR waiver from NYSED.  This means that APPR negotiations do not have to be completed until March 2016 and effective September 2016 - APPR Memo

11/13/15 - WE NEED A MASSIVE DISPLAY OF SOLIDARITY - The Board of Education will meet with its negotiating team to discuss our negotiations on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. We must be there to show our anger with their insulting offers - CRITICAL RALLY - A NEW CONTRACT!! RECEIVERSHIP!! Flyer

11/13/15 - The Buffalo Teachers Federation's Friend of Education Award Presented to Diane Ravitch

11/10/15 - We will be reviewing the Commissioner's Receivership decision relating to the five Receivership Schools - Commissioner's Receivership Decision Memo

11/05/15 - The Buffalo Teachers Federation’s Annual THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE is just around the corner! - Thanksgiving Food Drive Flyer

11/02/15 - The Superintendent/District has gone to the Commissioner seeking to impose unacceptable, vindictive and absurd changes to our contract in Receivership schools - District's Submission to Commissioner Memo

10/30/15 - Today, we were advised that PERB has tentatively scheduled November 24th as our next negotiating session - Negotiations Update Memo

10/21/15 - We encourage teachers to support the effort of the BPTO and add your name to the petition for a revision of the 2008 District’s Parent Involvement Policy - BPTO Petition Memo

10/20/15 - We received a copy of the Superintendent's initial Receivership submission relating to the modifications of our contract - Superintendent’s Receivership Proposal Memo

10/20/15 - We received word last evening that the deadline to submit SLOs/LMAs had been extended to Friday, October 30, 2015 - Extended SLO/LMA Deadline Memo

10/19/15 - The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is apparently putting pressure on the District to have SLOs and LMAs completed in October - SLOs/LMAs Memo

10/16/15 - We just received notification from the District that progress reports are due on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm and that this has been posted on Infinite Campus - Progress Report Memo

10/15/15 - Please join us for BTF Family Day at Becker Farms - Click Here for Flyer


09/30/15 - Kissing Bridge Packages for BTF Members - Kissing Bridge Flyer

09/28/15 - Rally in Support of Riverside Social Studies Department Wrongly Placed on Administrative Leave - Solidarity Rally - Riverside Teachers Memo

09/25/15 - The Buffalo Teachers Federation will again participate in the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk on SATURDAY, October 17, 2015 - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

09/24/15 - We will resume negotiations on Monday, September 28 and Monday, October 5, 2015. Once again as a demonstration of our solidarity, on September 28th and on October 5, we are asking that all teachers wear blue with the BTF logo. -  Solidarity Demonstration

09/23/15 - Friedrichs/Supreme Court Info

AFT Wisconsin Warning Video: (takes about 60 seconds to download)

The Hidden Trail - Campbell Brown -    Friedrich Slides

09/22/15 - The long-awaited Board of Regents meetings are over - Regents Meeting Update Memo

09/14/15 - All that we are permitted to relate about Friday’s negotiations is that we met and have scheduled two more meetings with PERB, September 28th and October 5th - Negotiations Update and Receivership Memo

09/10/15 - REMINDER - Solidarity Demonstration/Remembrance


09/04/15 - We will resume negotiations with the District and the PERB Director of Conciliation on Friday, September 11, 2015 - Solidarity Demonstration/Remembrance Memo

09/03/15 - Cuomo: Common Core 'is not working, and must be fixed'

09/03/15 - Approximately 1089 composite APPR scores for Buffalo Teachers with multiple SLO/LMA scores were calculated incorrectly - Incorrect Composite Scores Memo

09/02/15 - Responses to Recent Teacher Inquiries - September 2, 2015 Memo

08/27/15 - Administrative changes that were approved on August 26, 2015 - Administrative Changes Memo

08/21/15 - Here are the newspapers and the days when our full-page ad rebutting The Buffalo News will appear - Full Page Ad Memo

08/07/15 - Negotiations Update - August 7,2015 Memo


08/06/15 - Receivership Information - Receivership Memo

08/05/15 - Teacher Members of the Community Engagement Team Memo to Darren Brown

07/21/15 - We have been advised that the District will be sending you a copy of the SIG Grant Application for your school - SIG Application Memo

07/20/15 - Negotiations Update - July 20, 2015 Memo

07/09/15 - Negotiations Update - July 9, 2015 Memo

07/02/15 - Response to The Buffalo News Editorial

06/24/15 - Sandy Tan has indicated that she is interested in doing a series about students. If you would like to contact her, please see the details here - Buffalo News Series on Students Memo

06/22/15 - The District appears willing to change the way NYSED is advised of how these assessments are used - Summative Evaluations/Common Formative Assessments Memo

06/19/15 - Thank you for all the help on the Fist Book Project - WBFO Article - Teachers Union Delivers Books to City Schools

06/16/15 - Attached please find a copy of the insulting Board proposals we received today - Insulting District Proposal Memo

06/16/15 - The article in The Buffalo News is somewhat incomplete. Please review my June 5, 2015, Receivership Memo for clarification - June 16, 2015 Receivership Memo

06/10/15 - Seven courageous Regents have called for a delay and significant changes to the destructive new APPR process - APPR - Call to Action Memo

06/08/15 - BTF Informational Picketing Jason McCarthy  - BTF June, 8, 2015 Media Advisory

06/04/15 - You will soon, if you haven’t already, hear about one of the Cuomo bills pushed through and opposed by NYSUT as part of the New York State budget that was approved in the middle of the night in April - Receivership Memo

06/04/15 - The BTF and NYSUT have been working with State Legislators to prevent passage of the Mayoral Control Legislation - Mayoral Control - A Violation of Law

06/04/15 - BTF Informational Picketing Lawrence Quinn - BTF June 4, 2015 Media Advisory

06/03/15 - NYSUT will be funding training and stipends for teachers who are interested in canvassing voters during the summer to obtain their views on public education - NYSUT Summer Canvassing Positions Memo

06/02/15 - BTF Informational Picketing Patricia Pierce - BTF June 2, 2015 Media Advisory

06/02/15 - BTF Night at the Ballpark - Buffalo Bisons Flyer

05/28/15 - The attached tentative dates have been set for negotiations with the Board’s team and the BTF - Negotiations Update Memo

05/20/15 - BTF Happy Hour - Pearl Street Happy Hour Flyer

05/14/15 - 2015-2016 School Calendar, Boycott, Physical Education Teachers & Negotiator Updates Memo

05/14/15 - I am excited to inform you that for the third year, each student in Buffalo Public Schools will be receiving a new book from First Book on behalf of the Buffalo Teachers Federation and NYSUT - First Book Memo

05/13/15 - Buffalo Teachers Federation, Inc. Elections Report - First Report - Second Report

05/02/15 - In the printing of the Elections Edition of the Provocator, several errors occurred by the printer. These errors are not a reflection of the candidate's submitted statements - Election Edition of the Provocator

04/28/15 - Solidarity Demonstration Information

04/20/15 - Please find a copy of the proposed school calendar attached for 2015-2016**. Since it is in conformance with our contract, we do not have to approve it; however, we can make alternative suggestions - Proposed District Calendar Memo

**Correction: The starting date for students on the alternate school calendar that would have teachers report on Tuesday, September 1st, should read - Have students report September, 3rd not September 10th.

04/17/15 - We are hearing of some outrageous and child punishing stories relating to what some administrators inflicted on students who “opted-out” of the recent New York State assessments - Opt-Out Horror Stories Memo

04/16/15 - The following motion calling for a May boycott of the Buffalo News was passed by the Council of Delegates - The Buffalo News Boycott Memo

04/14/15 - Reminder Opt-Out Information - Opt-Out Information Memo

04/01/15 - While the final details of the legislation that was passed appears to be better than what the Governor initially proposed, it’s more like saying “Well, at least you and your students will be beaten with a rope instead of a whip.” - The Continued Attacks Memo

04/01/15 - BTF questions 1st and 2nd grade testing - This Makes No Sense Memo to Superintendent Ogilvie and Members of the Board of Education

03/27/15 - While teachers are advised to be cautious the BTF and I, as President, can and do encourage parents to have their children “opt-out” of the demoralizing high stakes testing - Opt-Out Information Memo

03/25/15 - Last night’s Mock Grand Jury Investigation of Governor Cuomo, with what Kleinhans workers said was close to 1,000 participants, was great. Governor Cuomo was indicted on all five counts - Immediate Action Needed Memo

03/24/15 - Diane Ravitch Salutes Buffalo Teachers - This just in: Kudos to the brave Buffalo teachers!

03/17/15 - The tickets are now available for our Mock Grand Jury Investigation of Governor Cuomo - Cuomo Mock Grand Jury Memo

03/13/15 - Tickets will be issued for our Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6 p.m. (sharp) Mock Grand Jury event - Cuomo Mock Grand Jury Memo

03/13/15 - The BTF Executive Committee unanimously adopted the following resolution - BTF Opposition to Standardized Test/Opt-Out Memo

03/11/15 - We did it! We started in December 2013 with an unprecedented BTF picket in front of Regent Bennett’s house. It ended yesterday with Dr. Catherine Collins being elected as his replacement - Board of Regents Memo

03/09/15 - We have decided to only include Governor Cuomo in our Grand Jury investigation to keep the primary focus on him as we join with our colleagues in other districts across New York State with a unified message - BTF Mock Grand Jury Investigation of Governor Cuomo Memo

03/05/15 - The Variety Club Telethon will be held on Sunday, March 22nd. Information has been sent to each school requesting teachers participate in fundraising efforts to benefit the Telethon - $10 Donation Variety Club Telethon Memo

03/02/15 - Written Presentation and Documentation to the New York State Leaders at the meeting in Albany - BTF to New York State Leaders Memo

02/27/15 - West Seneca kicked-off our coordinated counter attack on Governor Cuomo - Anti-Cuomo Rallies Memo

02/25/15 - While we realize that we have differences, there seems to be a desire to reach an agreement. The Fact-Finder’s report that we spent many hours preparing for, is our starting point - Negotiations Update Memo

02/23/15 - Snow Days Memo

02/11/15 - The APPR agreement negotiated by the BTF and District, which was approved by the NYSED, contains the following language related to a teacher's right/ability to appeal the receipt of an "ineffective" rating - Time Sensitive APPR Appeal Information Memo

02/06/15 - We are airing television spots at the end of WUTV’s and WNYO’s Black History Month Vignettes - Black History Month TV Spots Memo

02/02/15 - "Out of Time" MOU's Memo sent to the Superintendent and Members of the Board of Education attempted to facilitate a speedy approval

01/30/15 - Join your fellow BTF members and their friends and families for a fun-filled day at Kissing Bridge - Kissing Bridge Flyer

01/30/15 - Vicious attacks on us, our students and our profession... A War Memo

01/29/15 - Vote information on the "Turnaround" Plans for Bennett, East, Lafayette and MLK - Vote on School Plan Memo

01/17/15 - Negotiations Update  Memo


12/18/14 - As per the Fact-Finder, the Fact-Finder's Report is being released for review after December 17, 2014 at midnight - Fact-Finder's Report Memo

12/18/14 - Fact-Finder's Report

12/15/14 - This is a follow up to my previous correspondence to you relating to the available snow days - Snow Day Follow Up Memo

12/12/14 - TIPs (Teacher Improvement Plans) Memo

12/05/14 - Reports in the media relating to preliminary Turnaround Plans being developed in for (4) of our schools have resulted in questions relating yo their impact on our contract and the procedures relating to proposed variances from the contract - Turnaround Plans Memo

12/05/14 - Please take a few seconds and ACT NOW to STOP the NYS Board of Regents and Commissioner John King from changing regulations to mandate stand-alone field tests that have historically been voluntary - Please CLICK HERE

12/02/14 -Based upon our latest guess, the Fact-Finder's Report should arrive sometime next week (the week of December 7th) - Fact-Finder's Report Memo

11/25/14 - Article XXXIII of the contract "Absence Due to Severe Weather and Other Emergency Conditions" covers what we call "Snow Days" - Absence Due to Severe Weather Conditions Memo

11/12/14 - The Mark Reporting Timeline on the District website will be updated to reflect the 5 day allowance for completing student report card grades in Infinite Campus - Teacher Grade Input Window Memo

11/10/14 - More Insanity -- We Want Answers


10/29/14 - New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) Press Release

10/28/14 - Election Day is only one week from today. Our endorsed candidates need your assistance if they are to be successful - Help Needed Memo

10/24/14 - Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action of NY Release Report Documenting How Carl Paladino Profits off Privately Run Charter Schools - AQE Press Release

10/23/14 - October 25, Community & Labor Walk Weekend - Flyer

10/23/14 - Thank you to the Buffalo teachers who submitted the class size information we forwarded to the Superintendent and Board - Action on Kindergarten Class Size Memo

10/22/14 - Council of Delegates Updates Memo

10/21/14 - BTF has been asked to support the following rally sponsored by BPTO, AQE, Citizen Action and Push Buffalo - Rally Memo

10/21/14 - Teachers have advised us that they, as well as parents who have approached them, would like to have more information regarding the protocol relative to the Ebola virus as it relates to our students and staff - Ebola Concerns Memo sent to Superintendent and Board of Education Members

10/20/14 - In response to concerns raised by teachers relating to educationally destructive class sizes and substantial reductions in student support services, the BTF has conducted an initial survey of our teachers - Horrendous Class Sizes/Student Support Services Reductions Memo

10/17/14 - Motion passed unanimously by Council of Delegates condemning 5 - 3 vote by Buffalo Board of Education

10/17/14 - The Buffalo Teachers Federation members, their families and friends will receive substantial discounts when they ski or snowboard at Kissing Bridge - Kissing Bridge Flyer

10/16/14 - We have heard from many teachers regarding the errors and problems you experienced with the 2013-2014 APPR - 2013-2014 APPR Appeal Memo and Appeal Form

10/14/14 - Support For Our Schools Falsely Labeled "failing" - Solidarity Rally Flyer

10/08/14 - The Great Charter School Rip-Off: Finally, the truth catches up to education "reform" phonies

10/08/14 - Buffalo Schools at the Crossroads: The Myth of Failing schools - Are You Smarter than a 3rd Grader? by Barbara Seals Nevergold, Ph.D

10/07/14 - Why Finland's Schools Are Top-Notch - CNN Article

10/06/14 -As per the announcement at the September Council of Delegates meeting, as of September,there are five (5) vacancies on the BTF Executive Committee - Executive Committee Vacancies Memo

10/02/14 - We would appreciate your assistance in relation to several issues - Serious Concerns Memo

09/23/14 - Alternate Pathways to Graduation Memo

09/23/14 - School Administrator to Student Ratio Analysis and Memo Sent to Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie - School Administrator to Student Ratio Memo

09/22/14 - NEA & AFT Delegate and Successor Election Results

09/15/14 - Effect of New APPR Legislation - Computation of APPR as per the Newly Enacted Legislation Memo

09/11/14 - The hundreds of Buffalo teachers picketing before Wednesday's Board meeting sent a clear and unequivocal message to the District and public. Solidarity, Solidarity, Solidarity Memo

09/04/14 - Amazing but not unexpected - 98%, 99% and 100% of teachers, joined by retirees and parents, picketed in front of and in some cases, surrounded their schools - Amazing Memo

08/28/14 - Clarification on informational picketing - Informational Picketing Memo

08/27/14 - Teacher Solidarity Days - URGENT - Solidarity Memo

08/26/14 - As the progress toward a new contract proceeds, it is critical that Buffalo teachers continue to demonstrate the undiminished solidarity for which they are known and widely respected - Solidarity Memo

08/22/14 - BTF demands answers on Layoffs for possible legal action - Lay-Offs Memo

08/13/14 - BREAKING: Gov Cuomo to rip Marty Connor a new %^&hole

07/17/14 - Zephyr Teachout Thank you - Meet and Great - You are Invited

07/15/14 - The new School Board plan for the Buffalo Public Schools, A Vision for Buffalo Public Education - (See July 2014 President's Report)

07/02/14 - Teachout says 25,000 signatures collected so far to challenge Cuomo - Please send or deliver petitions to BTF by Monday, July 7, 2014, at the very latest - Let's Get Then on the Ballot Memo

06/25/14 - Unexpected Concern in the Cuomo Camp

06/23/14 - Teachout to Challenge Cuomo Memo - Please take a few minutes (before or after school hours) to sign the petitions to get Zephyr Teachout and Timothy Wu on the ballot in the Democratic Primary for Governor to challenge Governor Cuomo.

06/16/14 - Governor Cuomo will be challenged in the Democratic Primary by Zephyr Teachout and Timothy Wu - Zephyr Teachout - To Challenge Governor Cuomo Memo

06/10/14 - Memo: BTF Continues Battle Against APPR

06/10/14 - Memo: BTF Demands Movement in Negotiations

05/30/14 - We have received complaints from teachers relating to the Illuminate Portal "post-tests" and passwords - Illuminate Portal "Post-Tests" and Passwords Memo

05/28/14 - The BTF, Hamburg teachers, NYSUT and parent teacher organizations have joined together to present a forum on unmasking standardized testing, the Billionaire privateers, the Common Core and other important issues. - Special Event Memo

05/15/14 - BTF Calls For State-Wide APPR Lawsuit - Request for Legal Action - Memo to President Karen Magee

05/09/14 - Proposed 2014-2015 School Calendar Memo and Calendar

05/12/14 - Today, both teams met seperately with the PERB appointed Fact-finder who is attempting to mediate our negotiations - Negotiations Update Memo

05/07/14 - We are excited to inform you that for the second year, each student in Buffalo Public Schools will be receiving a new book from First Book on behalf of the Buffalo Teachers Federation - First Book Memo

05/07/14 - Thank you for all that you did for our candidates. While we were greatly out-numbered and out-spent, we made an impact - School Board Election Memo

05/06/14 - Buffalo Public Schools: Believe!

05/01/14 - BTF Board of Education Endorsements

04/03/14 - Shen Yun 2014 - Shea's Performing Arts Center asked that we let you know about it - Shen Yun 2014 Information

03/18/14 - The current NYSUT officers are being challenged in an election that will be held at the NYSUT Representative Assembly, April 4th to 6th - Upcoming NYSUT Officers Election Memo

02/24/14 - BTF will be participating in the Rally for Smarter Schools - Rally for Smarter Schools Memo

02/14/14 - This Can't Be True - Memo to the New York State Legislators

02/06/14 - In response to questions relating to recent NYSUT activities, there is a "slate" of candidates running against the current officers' "slate" - NYSUT Officers Election Memo

02/04/14 - We have not agreed to the calendar we have sent you, as we are still seeking clarification on further issues - Snow/Cold Days Clarification Memo

02/03/14 - Here is a copy of the resolution that was approved by the NYSUT Board of Directors - NYSUT Resolution/The Back Story Memo

02/03/14 - We have spoken with NYSUT and the District. As of today, it appears that we have used 5 snow/cold days - Snow Days Memo

01/31/14 - There was apparently a news story that referred to eliminating our retiree healthcare - Retiree Healthcare Memo

01/29/14 - We believe that the Buffalo Public Schools 2013-2014 Student Calendar on the District's website may be incorrect - "Snow" Day Memo

01/27/14 - Urgent Security Issues Memo to Superintendent Brown and Board of Education Members

01/17/14 - It appears that there are serious instructional problems arising from the use of the limited number of computers in the schools - Shortage of Computers/Impact on Instruction

01/16/14 - PERB has ordered the District to reinstate all Attendance Teachers - Huge Win for Attendance Teachers Memo

01/15/14 - We continue to receive complaints that administrators are pressuring teachers to agree to student growth/achievement goals - APPR Bullying Memo

01/10/14 - No teacher can be forced to change their SLO/LMA - SLOs/LMAs Memo

01/06/14 - Negotiations Update Memo

12/17/13 - We have received no response regarding the SLO/LMA Due Date - SLO/LMA Due Date Memo

12/12/13 - SLO/LMA Completion Date Memo

12/09/13 - BTF is asking teachers to join the parents and support the Peaceful Protest of NYSED and John King - Looking For Your Support Memo

12/08/13 - Cancellation of December 12ths Executive Committee and Council of Delegates Meeting

12/08/13 - National Day of Action in support of Public Education - National Day of Action Update Memo

12/07/13 - BTF is planning real action, we should all support this - National Day of Action Memo

11/26/13 - Thank you on behalf of those needy families for your contribution to our annual Thanksgiving/Hanukkah Food Drive - Amazing Memo

11/18/13 - Teach for America Information

11/14/13 - Negotiations has been set for December 19, 2013 at 12:00 noon - Negotiation Update Memo

11/14/13 - We continue to hear concerns relating to the lack of and/or inappropriate special education services and the substitute teacher shortage - Lack of Services/Substitute Teacher Shortages Memo

11/13/13 - The District has finally agreed with BTF that the "new" grade reporting timeline the District circulated recently is incorrect - Mark Reporting Timeline Memo

11/13/13 - Buffalo Teachers Federation Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive - Flyer

11/08/13 - Petition to Terminate Commissioner King's Employment Memo

11/07/13 - Principals were instructed not to give teachers a deadline to complete SLOs and LMAs - SLO & LMA Information Email

10/30/13 - We have continued the battle to have attendance teachers compensated through the Public Employment Relation Board (PERB) - Improper Practice Charge Memo

10/29/13 - Teachers Hand Out Orange Halloween Bookmarks with Safety Tips >>>

10/29/13 - - Sent to all teachers via email Oct. 29, 2013

10/17/13 - October 24, 2013 Press Release - Important Motions for All Buffalo Teachers -

The Executive Committee and Council of Delegates unanimously passed the following motions:

Call for Commissioner King's Resignation, Honor Diane Ravitch, BTF to Seek State-wide Court Action.

10/17/13 - APPR Process Grievance for the 2012-2013 School Year- APPR Grievance

10/17/13 - SLOs/LMAs - Teacher Refusal to Sign Document - October 17, 2013 Memo

10/11/13 - SLOs/LMAs Update - October 11, 2013 Memo

10/11/13 - APPR Grievance for 2011-2012 School Year

10/07/13 - SLO Memo - SLO suggestion that was presented to the Council of Delgates and other meetings, was asked to forward on to all teachers.

10/01/13 - Press Release: BTF Seeks to Repeal State and Federal Student Transfer Laws and Regulations

09/12/13 - TIPS Memo - Additional options teachers have, even after signing

09/12/13 - APPR's Update Memo

09/04/13 - Memo to All Teachers - Re: 2012-2013 APPR Scores - The Insulting Absurdities Continue...

08/29/13 - Negotiations Memo - Re: Fact-Finder Assignment

08/29/13 - PRESS RELEASE: Rumore Blasts Commissioner's Decision to Close Pinnacle Charter School

08/20/13 - Buffalo News Op Ed Piece - King's criticism is a vicious, vindictive attack

08/16/13 - Buffalo Teacher's Salary $20,000 Below Other Teachers - Updated Copy

08/16/13 - “Let’s See If The Buffalo News Will Print This – Another Voice Article

08/15/13 -The Alliance for Quality Education needs talented students artist to design artwork for a Champions of Education event. See details...

08/14/13 - August 13th Negotiations Memo

07/24/13 - Memo To Teachers at Lafayette and East High Schools - Disgusting Letter from Commissioner King Letter to the Superintendent Brown from Commissioner Kings

07/24/13 - Memo to Dr. Pamela Brown - Meeting with NYSED Re: Lafayette & East High Schools

07/24/13 - Memo to Delegate and Alternates of East and Lafayette High Schools - Possible Legal Action Against Commissioner King

06/19/13 - Explore the History of Buffalo with a Unique Graphic Novel Project - Literacy New York Brochure

06/11/13 - These two motions were passed by the BTF Executive Committee and will be voted on by the Council of Delegates at the next meeting on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 >>> First Motion, Second Motion

05/10/13 - APPR Offensive - Copy of resolution Phil recommended to Executive Committee

05/07/13 - Last Year's Evaluations Will Not Stand Memo >>> View Memo

05/03/13 - Important. Please Read! April 9th Q&A related to SLO's >>> View Memo3

05/02/13 - Buffalo School Board Candidate/Election memo

05/02/13 - No agreement on which "indicators" will be used for teacher evaluation... >>> View Memo

05/01/13 - The BTF is prepared to do battle. "The Battle Begins" memo

04/27/13 - April 27th "Fighting Back" memo. We will not be bullied...

04/24/13 - Phil Rumore's response to Buffalo News article, "If we have to fight them, we will."

04/17/13 - BTF  Continues Battle Against Standardized Tests and in Support of Parents Wishing to Opt Out >>> View Attachment

04/16/13 - BTF Receives NEA Media Assistance Grant >>> View Announcement

03/26/13 - 2012 - 2013 Turnaround Model Schools - Memorandum of Understanding between the Buffalo City School District ("District") and the Buffalo Teachers Federation ("Federation")

02/26/13 - Report for February 2013 Executive Committee Meeting >>> View

02/12/13 - February 1, 2013 Memo from Frances Wilson, CAO of the Buffalo Public School District to all Principals and Assistant Principals: APPR Procedures and Guidance

02/05/13 - January 11, 2013 Safe Schools Memo to Dr. Brown, BPS Board of Ed Members 12/19/12 - Proposed Code of Conduct Memo. The District has released a draft revised Code of Conduct, BTF member are encouraged to submit comments.


"A Book of Their Own" Memos

11/28/12 - List of the great Disney and Random House titles available to teachers.

11/26/12 - BTF Book for Students Project

11/21/12 - First Book Titles and Sign-Up Information

11/16/12 - First Book - Memo to All Buffalo Teachers

11/07/12 - BTF "A Book of Their Own" Project Update

11/02/12 - A Book of Their Own - A BTF Initiative

10/25/12 - A Book of Their Own - BTF/First Book/Disney/Teacher's Desk/NYSUT/AFT Initiative


11/07/12 - A Book of Their Own – A BTF Initiative

11/03/12 - Phil's Buffalo News "Another Voice" article submitted as response

10/26/12 - BTF seeks State and National SLO Intervention

10/26/12 - BTF Files SLO Grievance

10/26/12 - Delegate Questions sent to Superintendent Questions from Teachers relating to Infinite Campus and Student Learning Objectives Infinite Campus Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

10/26/12 - BTF Files Infinite Campus Grievance

10/24/12 - Phil's SLO/APPR Disaster Memo to NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi

10/23/12 - Council of Delegates Q & A - Student Learning Objectives and Other Issues

10/12/12 - Distinguished Educators Report

09/17/12 - Letter to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis - Standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.

09/07/12 - Letter to Members - Sean Ryan Endorsement

09/07/12 - Involuntary Transfer Case Update - September 7th memo - Pertaining to legal representation

09/06/12 - Involuntary Transfer Case Update - September 6th memo from Phil