Press Releases

2018


January 14, 2019

DISTRICT FOUND GUILTY OF TEACHER REPRISAL AND HARMING THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS AT CITY HONORS
September 24, 2018

BUFFALO TEACHER TRANSFER PROCESS – AN IMPENDING DISASTER
May 21, 2018

BTF/SCHOOL DISTRICT SET CITY HONORS ARBITRATION AND NEGOTIATIONS DATES
April 24, 2018

BTF TO BUFFALO SCHOOL BOARD, COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AND BOARD OF REGENTS - END DEGRADING, DESTRUCTIVE AND HURTFUL ACTIONS AGAINST STUDENTS AND PARENTS
April 23, 2018

BTF CALLS FOR NATION-WIDE ACTION ON SCHOOL VIOLENCE
March 1, 2018

Judge Halts City Honors Teacher Transfers
February 14, 2018

BTF Proposes District Work With BTF & Answers Critics of Disruptive Student Survey
February 9, 2018

DISTRICT BREAKS OFF CITY HONORS NEGOTIATIONS - BTF RESPONDS
February 7, 2018

BTF Releases Disturbing Disruptive Student Behavior Survey
January 29, 2018

Rumore Defends Teachers and Parents Seeking Removal of School #18 Principal
January 18, 2018

2017

BTF Analysis – A Severe Lack of Diversity in Erie County Charter Schools and Possible Resegregation
November 22, 2017

Buffalo Students and Teacher Honor Veterans
September 8, 2017

District Found Guilty of Violating New York State Law - Proposed Schedule Changes Blocked at Three Schools
August 8, 2017

Rumore Calls upon Buffalo Common Council to Reject Mayor's Education Allocation - Support Students as Other Cities Do
Letter to Mayor Byron Brown - Severe Underfunding of Buffalo Public Schools by the City of Buffalo
May 9, 2017

Rumore Blasts Jacobs' attack on Teachers
April 4, 2017

BTF Offering Over 300 Tickets to BPS Parents, BTF Members and Their Children BPO "Kids Take Over Kleinhans" Concert Series
March 31, 2017

BTF Authorizes Legal Action to Remove Carl Paladino
January 18, 2017

2016

DISTRICT FOUND GUILTY OF BAD FAITH NEGOTIATIONS WITH BTF. CHARGES AGAINST BTF REJECTED. (see court decision)
August 9, 2016

COURT REBUFFS SCHOOL BOARD’S ATTEMPT TO UNILATERALLY REMOVE NEGOTIATED BENEFIT FROM TEACHERS’ CONTRACT
June 29, 2016

PRESENTATION OF BOOKS - MEDIA ADVISORY
June 20, 2016

FOR THE FOURTH YEAR, BTF DISTRIBUTION OF 35,000 AGE APPROPRIATE BOOKS TO ALL BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
June 17, 2016

BTF / NYSUT CHALLENGE RECEIVERSHIP IN COURT
February 9, 2016

BUFFALO TEACHERS REJECT BOARD CONTRACT OFFER
January 29, 2016

WHAT THE BUFFALO SCHOOL BOARD EXPECTS BUFFALO TEACHERS TO ACCEPT
January 28, 2016

2015

FOR THE NINETEENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE BUFFALO TEACHERS FEDERATION DONATES THANKSGIVING DAY MEALS TO MORE THAN 200 LOCAL FAMILIES
November 24, 2015

TEACHERS HAND OUT ORANGE BOOKMARKS THAT LIST SAFETY TIPS IN SCHOOL ROOMS ACROSS CITY
October 29, 2015

BTF SOLIDARITY RALLY SUPPORTING WRONGLY SUSPENDED RIVERSIDE TEACHERS
September 29, 2015

BTF TO BOARD... WHY ARE YOU AFRAID TO HAVE A STATE-APPOINTED CONCILIATOR ASSIGNED TO OUR NEGOTIATIONS? IT IS YOU, NOT BTF THAT IS HOLDING UP NEGOTIATIONS.
August 9, 2015

For the Third Year, BTF Distribution of 35,000 Age Appropriate Books to all Buffalo Public School Students
June 9, 2015

BUFFALO TEACHERS WILL BE DEMONSTRATING THEIR ANGER WITH THE BOARD'S MOST RECENT DELAYING TACTIC IN THEIR NEGOTIATIONS.
April 29, 2015

BTF PRESIDENT CALLS FOR AN ACTION PLAN TO ASSIST RIVERSIDE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND INCREASE SECURITY AND SUPPORT FOR ALL BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
March 5, 2015

BTF TO GOVERNOR CUOMO - GET THE FACTS BEFORE YOUR VINDICTIVE ATTACKS
February 5, 2015

2014

BTF CALLS CUOMO ADMINISTRATION LETTER "AN INSULTING CORRESPONDENCE REFLECTING AN ABYSMAL AND CHILLING LACK OF KNOWLEDGE"
December 19, 2014

TEACHERS HAND OUT ORANGE BOOKMARKS THAT LIST HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS IN SCHOOL ROOMS ACROSS CITY AS THE BTF HELPS CITY SCHOOL CHILDREN GET READY FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN
October 29, 2014

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT - LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL A BEACON OF HOPE
October 28, 2014

BUFFALO TEACHERS WILL BE STAGING INFORMATIONAL PICKETING BEFORE THE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
September 9, 2014

NYSUT "OUR CLASSROOM MATTERS! RESPECT PUBLIC EDUCATION!" CAMPAIGN
September 5, 2014

BTF CONDEMNS TEACHER EVALUATION SCORES
September 2, 2014

BUFFALO TEACHERS TO PICKET SCHOOLS
August 27, 2014

BTF RELEASES STINGING CHARTER SCHOOL STUDY
May 1, 2014

BTF BLASTS DISTRICT'S "SIT AND STARE" POLICY AS CRUEL AND UNUSUAL STUDENT PUNISHMENT
April 1, 2014

2013

BTF RESPONDS TO SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATIONS TO CHANGE THREE SCHOOLS
December 19, 2013

TEACHERS HAND OUT ORANGE BOOKMARKS THAT LIST HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS IN SCHOOL ROOMS ACROSS CITY AS THE BTF HELPSCITY SCHOOL CHILDREN GET READY FOR ASAFE HALLOWEEN.
October 29, 2013

BTF JOINS EDUCATION EXPERT, DIANE RAVITCH, PARENTS & OTHER ORGANIZATIONS CALLING FOR THE RESIGNATION OF NYSED COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION JOHN KING
October 25, 2013

BUFFALO TEACHERS TO WORK WITH STATE AND NATIONAL AFFILIATES ON RECOMMENDATIONS THAT, IF FOLLOWED, WILL IMPROVE STUDENT GROWTH AND ACHIEVEMENT
October 3, 2013
"Ignored for too long, have been the voices of teachers in the schools who know first-hand what needs to be done to improve student growth. We are going to change that here in Buffalo", stated...
See the Motion here... See Other Attachments here...

BTF SEEKS TO REPEAL STATE AND FEDERAL STUDENT TRANSFER
October 1, 2013
On a motion recommended by BTF President Phil Rumore, the Buffalo Teachers Federation's Executive Committee and Council of Delegates...
See the Motion here...

RUMORE BLASTS COMMISSIONER'S DECISION TO CLOSE PINNACLE CHARTER SCHOOL
August 26, 2013
BTF President Phil Rumore today blasted Commissioner King's decision to close Pinnacle Charter School two weeks prior to the opening of school.

BUFFALO TEACHER'S SALARY $20,000 BELOW OTHER TEACHERS
August 20, 2013
BTF President Phil Rumore today released data that showed that. on average, Buffalo teachers are $20,000 behind their counterparts in other districts who have the same credential and years of services.

HISTORIC BTF DISTRIBUTION OF 35,000 AGE APPROPRIATE BOOKS TO ALL BUFFALO SCHOOL STUDENTS HAS BEGUN - ALL TO BE DELIVERED BEFORE SPRING BREAK
March 26,2013
BTF President, Phil Rumore, today announced that the historic distribution and delivery of 34,000 age/grade level appropriate books for all Buffalo Public School Students has begun.

2012

BTF INITIATES HISTORIC EFFORT TO PROVIDE BUFFALO'S 24,000 STUDENTS WITH "A BOOK OF THEIR OWN"
November 2, 2012
BTF, AFT, and NYSUT Work Together to Provide Buffalo Students with a Free Book

B.T.F. TO SUPERINTENDENT AND SCHOOL BOARD
September 28, 2012
Buffalo teachers have had enough of the Superintendent's and School Board's bad faith...
See the Council of Delegates resolution here...

2011

BTF CALLS FOR HERNANDEZ TO PROVE HE HAD FIVE VOTES TO TERMINATE THE SUPERINTENDENT
June 30, 2011
"Phil Rumore called upon Board President Ralph Hernandez to make public the names of the five Board of Education members..."

ARBITRATOR RULES FOR BTF
July 27, 2011
Superintendent Violated BTF Contract in Denying Voluntary Transfers...

BTF CONTINUES TO PRESS DISTRICT AND STATE ON STUDENT ABSENTEEISM...
June 14, 2011
"This is a crisis.  We have sent a letter to the Board calling for a jointly sponsored District/BTF Summit..."

BTF RELEASES DEVASTATING STUDENT ABSENTEE REPORT...
May 19, 2011
The BTF today released a devastating study of student absenteeism in the Buffalo Public Schools.

NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UPHOLDS BTF HANDICAPPED STUDENT COMPLAINTS...
May 19, 2011
Finds District Guilty of Violating State Laws and Regulation...

2010

BTF TO BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE: "HAVE YOU TURNED YOUR BACK ON BUFFALO STUDENTS?"
June 23, 2010
Buffalo State University not renewing it's lease with Buffalo Public Schools for the Campus West School...

BTF RESPONDS TO HOYT CALL FOR TEACHERS TO FREEZE WAGES
March 24, 2010
BTF President, Phil Rumore, today responded to Assemblyman Hoyt's call for teachers to freeze wages to prevent cuts...

BTF·RESPONDS TO NYS DESIGNATION OF SEVEN BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
January 21, 2010
"We view this as an opportunity to work with the teachers, parents and District..."

BUFFALO TEACHERS FEDERATION PRESIDENT DISPARAGES RACE TO THE TOP GRANT
January 8, 2010
In addition to the criticism of the Federal and NYS guidelines for Districts to apply for billions of dollars of RTTT funding...

2009

FOR THE TWELFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE BUFFALO TEACHERS FEDERATION DONATES THANKSGIVING DAY MEALS TO MORE THAN 200 LOCAL FAMILIES
November 24, 2009
Thousands of dollars in food and gift certificates that were donated by BTF Members...

BTF TO ACCENT POSITIVE STUDENT BEHAVIOR DISTRIBUTES 50,000 “BUFFALO’S BEST” CERTIFICATES TO TEACHERS
November 16, 2009
The BTF has distributed over 50,000 certificates for teachers to use to reward positive...

BTF CALLS FOR STATE AND FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF ERIE COUNTY SWINE FLU VACCINE DISTRIBUTION
November 12, 2009
The BTF today called for both New York State and Federal investigations of Erie County's decision, as reported in the 11/12/09 Buffalo News, to withhold...

BTF CALLS FOR LOWERING OF FLAGS IN HONOR OF FALLEN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN
November 9, 2009
The BTF today asked that citizens join the Buffalo Teachers Federation in lowering all flags to half-staff this week in honor of...

TEACHERS HAND OUT ORANGE BOOKMARKS THAT LIST HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS IN SCHOOL ROOMS ACROSS CITY AS THE BTF HELPS CITY SCHOOL CHILDREN GET READY FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN
October 27, 2009
Representatives of BTF have handed out orange bookmarks in classrooms across the city...

NYSUT LEADER TO TOUR SCHOOL #53; APPLAUD WORK TO END ACHIEVEMENT GAP
October 5, 2009
The President of the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers will visit Community School #53 on Wednesday to praise teachers and...

APPELLATE COURT RULES FOR BTF/OTHER UNIONS ON WAGE FREEZE
October 2, 2009
The Appellate Court in Rochester today denied the motion of the Control Board, City and...

BTF ASKS FOR STATE AND FEDERAL H1N1 MANDATES
September 1, 2009
Continuing on its agressive campaign to be prepared for a deadly H1N1 flu outbreak, the BTF today called for State and Federal Governments to require...

BTF ENDORSES BROWN - WHYTE
August 18, 2009
Phil Rumore, President of the 3700-member Buffalo Teachers Federation, today announced the the BTF had endorsed Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Legislator...

MAJOR UNIONS URGE CUOMO TO RUN
August 3, 2009
Eleven leaders of the state's second largest city's unions, representing thousands of members...

BTF BLASTS REGENTS APPROVAL OF CHARTER
July 29, 2009
In a rare show of agreement with Superintendent James Williams, BTF President Phil Rumore...

BTF H1N1 RECOMMENDATIONS TO SCHOOL BOARD
June 25, 2009
Stating the BTF's willingness to work with the District, Erie County Health Department and parents...

APPELLATE COURT RULES FOR BTF/OTHER UNIONS ON WAGE FREEZE
June 12, 2009
The Appellate Court in Rochester today affirmed the lower court in ruling that once the wage freeze was lifted on July 1, 2007, the employees must be placed on their correct...

BTF CALLS FOR AN END TO SCHOOL ROOF TARRING DURING SCHOOL DAY
April 29, 2009
Lafayette High School filled with fumes from the tarring of its roof causing students and staff to become ill...

BTF CONDEMNS UNTRUE "BUFFALO LOCAL ACTION COMMITTEE"
March 31, 2009
BTF President, Philip Rumore, condemned the untrue statements of Sam Radford of the Buffalo Local Action...

BTF TO NEW YORK STATE - STOP THE ASSAULT ON POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS
March 27, 2009
President Rumore, President of the 3700 member BTF, today blasted reports of the underfunding of schools New York State...

BTF TO SUPERINTENENT
March 2, 2009
The BTF today responded strongly to Superintendent Williams' recent statements in the media and news reports relating to the start of the new school year...

BTF'S REACTION TO JUDGE NEMOYER'S DECISION
January 13, 2009
Judge Patrick Nemoyer today ordered a hearing on the BTF's request to find the School District in contempt of court for not restoring...