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  • The Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Information 

    The APPR is a process by which teachers are evaluated in NYS. The intent of APPR is to assist educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and to improve students' performance for colleges and careers. District APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and be negotiated with local unions. Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations and student performance. Teachers across NYS receive an overall effectiveness rating every year.


    APPR is complex and can often be overwhelming.  Click here to keep up to date on all the current APPR information.

  • Opt-Out Information 

    Teachers and parents share deep concerns about the standardized tests used by NYS for accountability purposes that include; stress on students, in-appropriateness and lack of validity of the Common Core-aligned tests, loss of learning time, and lack of transparency on state test content. Parents who decide it is not in their children’s best interests to take these assessments are part of an “Opt-Out” movement. BTF fully supports parents’ right to choose what is best for their children.


    Click here to keep up to date on the "Opt-Out" movement and other information.

Buffalo Teachers Federation

The Buffalo Teachers Federation is the professional union that represents over 3800 contract, probationary and temporary teachers of the Buffalo Public Schools.

The BTF is proud to be a member of New York State United Teachers and affiliated nationally with the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.

We invite you to explore our website for information and resources specifically for our members and retirees.


  February 2020
   3   Women's Committee Meeting
   5   Community Engagement Meeting
   6    Executive Committee Meeting
  17   Presidents' Day - BTF Office Closed 
18-21   Mid-Winter Break  
  27   Council of Delegates Meeting
  29   Variety Club Telethon
  March 2020
  12    Executive Committee Meeting    
  19     Council of Delegates Meeting                 
  April 2020
  23    Executive Committee Meeting    
  23    Council of Delegates Meeting                

Office Information

Mailing Address:
Buffalo Teachers Federation
271 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14201
Phone: 716-881-5400
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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