Archived New and Alerts


2019-2020 School Year
December 22, 2020
Press Release
Please see the attached Press Release sent out by Phil Rumore. << Read More >>
December 18, 2020
Superintendent Letter Dated (Incorrectly) December 22, 2020
We are in receipt of the December 22, 2020 correspondence from Superintendent Cash that was sent out today. << Read More >>
December 17, 2020
Submission to The Buffalo News
Attached, please find a copy of a submission to The Buffalo News. << Read More >>
December 9, 2020
Christopher Scanlon - December 3, 2020 Correspondence to Dr. Cash
Attached, please find a copy of a response to Buffalo Common Council Member, Christopher Scanlon regarding his December 3, 2020 correspondence to Dr. Kriner Cash.. << Read More >>
December 7, 2020
BTF/Teacher Building Representatives / APPR
The most important teacher representative are your Delegates, Alternates and Building Committee members.
We can’t thank them enough for all they must shoulder, in volunteering to represent and support you... << Read More >>
December 1, 2020
Changing Marks, Legal and Other Updates
We have been informed that principals are again changing students’/teachers’ grades. If this is being done at your school, please advise your LRS and advise the principal, in writing (email), that you... << Read More >>
November 24, 2020
First, on behalf of the BTF Officers and staff, may your Thanksgiving be one that will, despite all obstacles, provide you with th e opportunity to remember that for which you are thankful.. << Read More >>
November 23, 2020
Superintendent and Board of Education Grading Correspondence
Attached, please find a copy of grading correspondence sent to the Superintendent and members of the Board. << Read More >>
November 18, 2020
Update COVID-19
An answer to the question we have been raising – We just heard from Albany that it has been decided that the 20% testing in schools in the yellow zones applies to adults in the school/site even if there are no students. << Read More >>
November 16, 2020
BTF Calls For District To Provide More COVID-19 Information
The BTF today reiterated its call for the school district to provide teachers and staff with information relating to staff identified as testing positive for or being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.“Teachers and staff continue to raise serious concerns relating to not being informed that a member of its staff has or has been exposed to... << Read More >>
November 12, 2020
A Trust for Teachers Who Have Lost All Income
There is an external trust fund available to Buffalo teachers who exhaust their sick days and who have exhausted all paid District benefits. It is called The Richmond Fund... << Read More >>
November 10, 2020
School Reopening Plans
Here is the New York State Department of Health Information referred to on yesterday’s email... << Read More >>
November 9, 2020
Yellow Designation – BPS
Governor Cuomo today, designated Buffalo, along with other locations, as a “yellow cluster”. Attached, please find New York State documents relating to Cluster Restrictions... << Read More >>
November 6, 2020
Teacher Reported COVID-19 Positive
Once again, teachers and staff are very upset and concerned, since they were not advised that a member of the staff has tested positive for the COVOD-19 virus.... << Click Here >>
November 5, 2020
Cancellation of January Regents
As you may have heard, the New York State Board of Regents, today, cancelled the January Regents Examinations... << Click Here >>
November 4, 2020
Will it ever be over? For the sake of all Americans, let us all not only hope so, but also work to make it so. Yes, we have relatives, friends and colleagues with... << Click Here >>
October 27, 2020
Teachers, while looking forward to being with their students in person, have expressed concerns relating to the District’s “Reopening” Plan – Phase I”, due Wednesday, October 28, 2020... << Click Here >>
October 23, 2020
PAC 2020
On or before November 3, 2020, every registered voter will have the opportunity to vote for the next President and Vice President of the United States as well as many state and local offices... << Click Here >>
October 22, 2020
Teachers aren’t under enough stress, yet the District is intent on evaluating teachers virtually. We have not agreed to any modification of our APPR... << Click Here >>
October 16, 2020
District Teacher Survey
The District is apparently surveying teachers asking: “As we prepare for a possible reopening scenario, if it is determined that we bring back our special education students first... << Click Here >>
October 15, 2020
We have still not received a proposed delineated re-opening plan from the District, e.g. when, where, what, how, who, etc... << Click Here >>
October 8, 2020
Learning Academy: October 2020 Course Schedule
As your Statewide union, NYSUT has placed a strong emphasis on professional learning. We know you are continually looking for training opportunities relevant to your professional needs. << Click Here >>
October 6, 2020
The BTF, in previous correspondence to the Superintendent and School Board, has stated there should be “written and posted admission and departure procedures that, all would agree, provide for safe and healthful admission... << Read More >>
October 1, 2020
BTF School/Site Health and Safety Assessment
As you know, we recently sent the link to our BTF School/Site Health and Safety Assessment to all teachers. Unfortunately, some of the teachers from the same school... << Click Here >>
September 29, 2020
You have no doubt read and heard via the media that, according to the District, the schools/sites are all being sanitized and that all the school safety issues have been corrected. << Click Here >>
September 24, 2020
Judge's Decision
As, unfortunately anticipated, Judge Sedita ruled against our motion to prevent the District from forcing teachers now and students in the future from... << Click Here >>
September 23, 2020
As per the BTF Constitution and By-Laws, the following change was approved by the Executive Committee. It will be forwarded to the BTF Council of Delegates and by this email is being posted... << Click Here >>
September 21, 2020
You aren’t now and never do receive the acknowledgement and thanks you deserve and earn. The stress of:.. << Click Here >>
September 8, 2020
BTF School /Site Health and Safety Assessment / Update
To ensure that our schools/sites are safe for you now and our students when they return, we have developed a “BTF School/Site Health and Safety Assessment” that we will be asking your << Click Here >>
September 3, 2020
Denial of TRO / District Statement
We are obviously disappointed that Judge Sedita denied our request for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent teachers from having to report, despite what we consider the lack of “safe and healthful conditions” << Click Here >>
September 2, 2020
Requests for Accommodations
The District has finally provided information on the procedures for teachers/employees to apply for (request) an accommodation/leave, “Accommodating and leaves requests related to the COVID-19 pandemic” << Click Here >>
August 31, 2020
State & Federal COVID-19 Related Leave Entitlements
Attached please find a copy of a document we just received from NYSUT, our State affiliate, outlining some of the COVID-19 related leave entitlements available. << Click Here >>
August 12, 2020
Urgent Teacher Concerns
You are amazing – not surprising but you are. Three thousand, one hundred and fifty-five (3,155) Buffalo teachers responded to our survey! << Click Here >>
July 22, 2020
COVID 19 - Legal and Other Protections
As you will note from our recent correspondence to the Superintendent and Board, we are very concerned with the lack of specific directions and procedures contained in their ... << Click Here >>
July 20, 2020
Reopening Manual? / Reopening Plan   Teacher Concersn
We are in receipt of your "Buffalo Public Schools Reopening Manual Following Period of Extended Closure" / "Reopening Plan"... << Click Here >>
July 17, 2020
NYSED Reopening Guidance
Below, please find the link to the NYSED “Reopening Guidance” released yesterday afternoon... << Click Here >>
July 15, 2020
"Reopening" Teacher Input
As we have advised you, we have teachers on District Committees who the District has agreed are part of its "reopening" committees. Thus far, there have been only two... << Click Here >>
July 14, 2020
FYI - Just Released NYS Reopening Guidance
Please see the attached information, along with the following link to additional information.. << Click Here >>
July 13, 2020
More Sad News
We have just been informed of the passing of Joseph T. Murray, longtime Associate Superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools... << Click Here >>
July 10, 2020
Please see the most recent information from the BTF. << Click Here >>
July 2, 2020
Please see the most recent information from the BTF. << Click Here >>
June 30, 2020
President's Report
Please see the most recent information from the BTF. << Click Here >>
June 23, 2020
Please see the most recent information from the BTF. << Click Here >>
June 18, 2020
Urgent Fraud Alert
There is a fraudulent communication being sent to teachers and possibly others asking for their banking information.. << Click Here >>
June 18, 2020
Please see the most recent information from the BTF... << Click Here >>
June 11, 2020
2020-2021 School Calendar
Please find two (2) proposed school calendars for the 2020-2021 school year. We just received clarifying information from the District... << Click Here >>
June 10, 2020
Please see the attached correspondence from... << Click Here >>
June 5, 2020
Please see the attached... << Click Here >>
June 4, 2020
BTF 2020 PAC Letter
Please see the attached BTF PAC Letter... << Click Here >>
May 11, 2020
Virtual Graduation
The BTF Executive Committee has authorized our being a sponsor of the Virtual Graduations that will be aired on WUTV/WNYO starting in June/July... << Read More >>
May 8, 2020
Destruction of Teacher Morale
You and most City Hall Administrators, obviously, don’t know or care about the tremendous stress that teachers (and parents) are under... << Read More >>
May 1, 2020
When there is talk about Buffalo School closings, what is obviously meant is school buildings being closed for students and staff... << Read More >>
April 30, 2020
Please be advised that for those teachers who plan to retire in June, there are a few changes to the procedure that we normally suggest. The booklet entitled "Retirement and Your BTF Master Contract"... << Read More >>
April 24, 2020
District False Statements
Attached, please find another (See April 23, 2020, Attached) report of a school where masks were not provided for the distribution of materials... << Read More >>
April 23, 2020
District False Statements Regarding Masks
On April 14, 2020, we sent two (2) correspondences expressing our concern that devices/materials were being distributed; however, gloves but not masks, were provided by... << Read More >>
April 20, 2020
No Response to Teacher Inquires
Although we have requested of you written responses to very important issues and concerns raised by teachers, for most, if not all, there has been no written response... << Read More >>
April 15, 2020
We are awaiting a response from the District on security issues raised in correspondence to the Superintendent, e.g. Teachers are being told to post pictures of their students on the internet.  While seeming to be o.k., the pictures.... << Read More >>
April 10, 2020
As per our correspondence yesterday, the District, while not scheduling the full spring recess has rather just allowed Friday, April 10 and Monday April 14, 2020.... << Read More >>
April 8, 2020
There should be a decision made at tonight’s School Board meeting. To clarify – The school calendar we approved contained the 188 days of teacher attendance.  Friday,.... << Read More >>
April 7, 2020
FYI - Email to Dr. Cash, Members of the Board and All BPS Administrators
These are and have been some of the most difficult, painful, dangerous, heart-wrenching and challenging times.... << Read More >>
April 3, 2020
As always, you have shown amazing inner strength, caring, and commitment under the most difficult circumstances, e.g. lack of materials and equipment for your... << Read More >>
March 30, 2020
I hope this finds you and your family well, and taking no chances. If you have concerns, you can email us as per the previous emails and website... << Read More >>
March 20, 2020
The correspondence below was sent to Dr. Cash today, March 20, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated... << Read More >>
March 20, 2020
State exams will apparently be canceled. Teachers are reminded that March 23, 2020 is the final date (as of now) to apply for a transfer. To apply via email... << Read More >>
March 19, 2020
The correspondence below was sent to Dr. Cash today, March 19, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated... << Read More >>
March 19, 2020
The attached correspondence (see link below) was sent to the Superintendent yesterday, March 18, 2020. Another will be sent later today based upon the concerns/suggestions you have forwarded to us... << Read More >>
March 18, 2020
So Much For Working Together
Enclosed (click here) please find a copy of correspondence from the District asking for our approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and our response.  Note the time and date we received it... << Read More >>
March 17, 2020
Some teachers have asked if they must report from March 19, 2020 until April 20, 2020. As of today, schools are closed until April 20, 2020 and teachers do not need to report. We have advised the District to reiterate this.... << Read More >>
March 17, 2020
Teachers will not be reporting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Teachers are advised that if you are assigned to perform a duty/assignment that you believe will endanger your health or safety... << Read More >>
March 16, 2020
First, thank you to all the teachers who expressed their commitment to work together to prevent this virus from spreading and to also find ways to work with their students while being concerned about your and your families... << Read More >>
March 13, 2020
We must and will continue to work together to ensure the health of our students, families and community. Whether all or some schools will be closed is uncertain at this time... << Read More >>
March 12, 2020
Coronavirus Updates
Attached, please find copies of correspondence sent to the district today. Apparently, one of the deep cleaning days is Saturday. The Superintendent and I have been in contact regarding the issues... << Read More >>
March 12, 2020
Cancellation of Executive Committee and Council of Delegates Meetings
Out of concern for you, your family’s and your students’ well-being, we are canceling tonight’s (March 12, 2020) Executive Committee and Council of Delegates... << Read More >>
March 11, 2020
Coronavirus Concerns
Enclosed, as per our commitment to keep you informed, is a copy of the most recent correspondence to the District. If, after a reasonable time, the issues are not corrected, please advise us via e-mail... << Read More >>
March 10, 2020
Coronavirus Update
In addition to the copies of correspondence to the Superintendent you received yesterday, the following has also been sent. Hopefully, you and we, will receive responses...  << Read More >>
March 10, 2020
In light of the concerns relating to the coronavirus, we will not be having an Executive Committee meeting, just the Council of Delegates meeting. We will have hand sanitizers available.  << Read More >>
March 9, 2020
As you have seen from our recent emails, we will continue to leave no stone unturned to ensure that our students, staff and community do not...  << Read More >>
March 5, 2020
Together we must, and will, be proactive to ensure that Coronavirus does not infect and spread to our students, staff and community...  << Read More >>
March 2, 2020
Celebrating S/Heroes in Education
Helping Families and Children in America, along with the Buffalo Teachers Federation, will be hosting "A Hollywood Style Black-Tie Gala"...  << Read More >>
March 2, 2020
Reminder - Prescription Co-Pay Reimbursement
The deadline for submitting your 2019 prescription co-pay reimbursement is Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Information relating to the SBF co-pay reimbursement may be found  << Read More >>
February 24, 2020
Upcoming BTF Retirement Seminar
Attached, please find information regarding the upcoming BTF Retirement Seminar. Please complete the bottom section of the form and return it to the BTF office by March 20, 2020. << Read More >>
February 13, 2020
As you may have heard, the mediator assigned to our negotiations was in the hospital for a prolonged period of time and also had his mother pass. << Read More >>
February 5, 2020
Absurd Caseloads/Extraneous Tasks
On October 10, 2019, the BTF sent the following email: "In negotiations, the District doesn’t seem to believe the number of students you, as with most teachers, must service, i.e. your caseload, but also ... << Read More >>
January 28, 2020
As you know from the media and BTF emails, our football teams were to be excluded from the Erie County Interscholastic Conference (ECIC). << Read More >>
January 16, 2020
Hit the Slopes with the BTF at Kissing Bridge
Join us this mid-winter break for a fun day of skiing and snowboarding at Kissing Bridge. All BTF members, and their families, are invited. << See Flyer >>
December 13, 2019
Rochester Teacher Layoffs
Over one hundred fifty (150) Rochester teachers will be laid off next week as a result of a newly discovered sixty-eight million dollar ($68 million) deficit. Yes, right before the holidays. << Read More >>
December 12, 2019
Attention Buffalo Retired Teachers - Health Insurance Grievance Survey
In order for the Buffalo Teachers Federation to prepare for a grievance and legal action regarding the unilateral changes to retiree healthcare benefits that will be implemented on January 1, 2020, please complete... << Read More >>
December 2, 2019
Thanks to you, hundreds of families not only had food for Thanksgiving, but also hundreds of families will receive food in the upcoming weeks. As always, food is picked-up for distribution by The Community Action Organization, Buffalo City Mission, The Gloria Parks Community... << Read More >>
November 18, 2019
Attention Buffalo Retired Teachers - Unilateral Changes to Your Healthcare
We have received copies of the proposed changes to your healthcare. You are to receive the healthcare benefits to which you were entitled to when you retired. There can be no unilateral changes. We have agreed to no changes other than those for teachers who retired under our last contract. << Read More >>
November 13, 2019
“Snow Days” Also Note: While stating that the schools in your area are closed, in and of itself, may not be used as the sole reason for not being able to report in Buffalo, it can be used as evidence that you could not report in Buffalo. << Read More >>
November 8, 2019
As per the Executive Committee and Council of Delegates briefing, the BTF has filed for impasse in our negotiations, thereby seeking the assistance of the Public Relations Employee Board. << Read More >>
November 7, 2019
School Safety/Learning Conditions
In order to determine the extent, areas of concern and locations of unacceptable school safety and learning conditions, we have combined two recent surveys. We need your assistance to determine the issues... << Read More >>
October 24, 2019
Our most recent (10/22/19) negotiations involved unacceptable and belligerent behavior by the District’s Chief Negotiator. It also involved an attempt by the District to link a previously agreed to District, yes District proposal... << Read More >>
October 10, 2019
In negotiations, the District doesn’t seem to believe the number of students you, as with most teachers, must service, e.g your case load, but also the extraneous duties you have been assigned that impact on the time you have to provide support services to students. << Read More >>
October 8, 2019
Legal Action - Art and Music in High School
The District is continuing its assault on Art and Music not only in the elementary grades but also in our High Schools. Our High School students are being deprived of the opportunity for Art, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Dance, Theater... << Read More >>
October 2, 2019
As you may know, we have 3 new Labor Relations Specialists (LRSs) assigned to BTF. They are filling the positions of Dennis Licherelli (retired from NYSUT – now working for our Supplemental Benefit Fund at BTF – which he helped start), Deana Fox and Anna Geronimo, who both transferred to other assignments. << Read More >>
September 30, 2019
Negotiations Response
In answer to some Board members’ inquiries, as we left negotiations on September 25, 2019, we advised your negotiating team that on the next day, September 26, 2019, we would be meeting with both... << Read More >>
September 27, 2019
Superintendent’s and Board’s Contract Proposals
The BTF Council of Delegates was so angered by an overview of the contract proposals, apparently approved by the Superintendent and Board of Education, a motion was unanimously passed to forward the overview to all Buffalo teachers. While most of the Superintendent’s and Board’s proposals were met with anger... << Read More >>
September 19, 2019
Below is an update of the Hispanic Heritage TV spots to be aired, in support of the Hispanic Community, on WIVB/WNLO. Great demonstration of solidarity. Thank you for sending the Superintendent and Board the message that they will never break our solidarity... << Read More >>
September 18, 2019
Support for Auto Workers
Buffalo teachers are asked to join the striking UAW autoworkers on their picket line. As One Union Goes, All Unions Go. As One Union Succeeds, All Unions Succeed... << Read More >>
September 16, 2019
Solidarity Rally
September 13, 2019
Solidarity Rally - Signs Available
Signs demanding action on a new, excellent contract and protesting the insulting treatment of Buffalo teachers by the Superintendent and School Board are available at BTF Headquarters (8 am-5 pm—271 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201—(716) 881-5400)... << Read More >>
September 11, 2019
School Supplies
Teachers, as well as some parents, have registered concerns relating to the number and cost of items some students are asked to bring to school. Indeed, many teachers are, as is too often the case, paying for the supplies themselves... << Read More >>
September 9, 2019
School Bus Issues
Once again we are hearing serious concerns relating to late arrival (AM) (PM) (AM + PM) times of school buses. Parents, as well as teachers, have raised concerns that some students are missing class/services/breakfast in the morning... << Read More >>
September 6, 2019
First the Insults. Now the Long-Delayed Negotiating Dates
The District continues its distortions, threats, and insults in The Buffalo News. Our contract calls for negotiations to “begin no later than the first Tuesday in January of the final year of the contract.”... << Read More >>
September 4, 2019
BTF Solidarity Rally We Will Not Be Disrespected
BTF Solidarity Rally to demand negotiations on a new contract that is commensurate with our importance to our students and like some city hall administrators, recently received (2.5% - 12.9%), commensurate with our colleagues in other school districts... << Read More >>
September 3, 2019
Blatant Violation of Our Contract
We have been informed that principals are assigning teachers to teach six (6) periods per day instead of five (5). This is a clear violation of our contract, obviously done to impact our negotiations for a new contract... << Read More >>
September 3, 2019
BTF Solidarity Day - September 5th
Neither we nor our students will be ignored. While the superintendent and board have promptly provided hefty raises for the senior administrative staff, they have refused negotiations to benefit teachers and our students... << Read More >>
2018-2019 School Year
June 14, 2019
2019-2020 CALENDAR
Yesterday, June 13, 2019, the District sent us a proposed forty-three (43) week calendar to replace their proposed forty-four (44) week calendar… << Read More >>
June 12, 2019
We will know when the Board meets on June 19, 2019 whether the District is going to continue its “my way or else” edict or will agree to our compromise forty-three (43) week calendar proposal… << Read More >>
May 16, 2019
Whether you prefer a forty-three (43) or forty-four (44) week calendar, if there was ever any doubt that the Superintendent and Board are intent on using any means of deception… << Read More >>
May 15, 2019
Many have asked the question –Why is the District pushing a forty-four (44) week calendar? a)As a negotiation tactic so they can insist on a contract change to a for… << Read More >>
May 13, 2019
There still seems to be some confusion relating to the 2019-2020 school calendar. We have attached a copy of our proposed forty-three (43) week calendar… << Read More >>
May 6, 2019
Tomorrow, Tuesday May 7, 2019, you, as well as your relatives, friends and neighbors who live in Buffalo, will determine who is elected to the Buffalo Board of Education… << Read More >>
April 30, 2019
In response to the April 18, 2019 correspondence (enclosed) to Buffalo teachers; obviously, with your approval, please note that you wrongly state that we “incorrectly stated that… << Read More >>
April 17, 2019
Although, as stated in previous correspondence, our BTF Council of Delegates overwhelmingly supported the forty-three (43) week calendar… << Read More >>
April 15, 2019
Despite the overwhelming support for the forty-three (43) week calendar at our March 14th Council of Delegates meeting… << Read More >>

April 6, 2019
After speaking with some Board members, there seems to be some confusion relating to our proposed forty-three (43) week common… << Read More >>
April 3, 2019
Since there has been no closure as yet with the Superintendent and Board on a 2019-2020 school calendar, there is obviously no need for a vote… << Read More >>
April 3, 2019
You can determine whether candidates who we believe will put our students and education as their highest priority are on the ballot… << Read More >>
April 1, 2019
Apparently, misinformation or incomplete information relating to the proposed 2019-2020 school calendars is being circulated by some in the District… << Read More >>
March 27, 2019
As you know, May 7th is the election for all NINE seats on the Buffalo School Board. In order for candidates to qualify to be on the ballot… << Read More >>
March 26, 2019
As you may know, the BTF is continuing our efforts to have the District comply with the contractual procedures relating to grievances… << Read More >>
March 18, 2019
The BTF Council of Delegates, teacher representatives from all schools, met last evening. One of the issues discussed was the 2019-2020 school calendar… << Read More >>
March 11, 2019
While you addressed your reasons for calendars A & B, you did not address the serious concerns of teachers in… << Read More >>
March 11, 2019
Although the District has only proposed a forty-two (42) and forty-four (44) week calendar, we have suggested a forty-three (43) week calendar (See March 6, 2019 Memo to District… << Read More >>
March 7, 2019
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… << Read More >>
March 4, 2019
There have been several calls to the BTF about the two proposed calendars sent to all teachers. Some of the issues are addressed below… << Read More >>
February 27, 2019
Attached below, please find two (2) proposed school calendars for the 2019-2020 school year… << Read More >>
February 26, 2019
As you may have heard, NYSED has apparently agreed that school closings on Monday, February 25, 2019 will not be held against districts… << Read More >>
February 13, 2019
Please ensure that the Art and Music teachers in your building have received the attached email/survey. We do not have all of their personal email addresses… << Read More >>
January 29, 2019
Attached please find information on the number of Snow / Hazardous days.… << Read More >>
January 23, 2019
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 … << Read More >>
January 23, 2019
While we celebrate the successes of our students, we cannot and will not ignore unsafe and unacceptable learning conditions… << Read More >>
January 15, 2019
Attached, please find updated copies of information relating to the teaching and learning conditions at McKinley High School… << Read More >>
January 4, 2019
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 ("Potty Trained")... << Read More >>

2017 - 2018 School Year


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
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 - As per the contract, a joint BTF/District committee was formed to “improve the Buffalo Public Schools athletic program.” - Coaching MOU Memo
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
05/17/18 - 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
03/21/18 - 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
03/15/18 - 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
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 - 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
11/09/17 - 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
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