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2018-2019 School Year

 

January 4, 2019
BPO "KIDS TAKE OVER KLEINHANS" SERIES
The BTF has again purchased tickets for the next BPO "Kids Take over Kleinhans" series so that BTF members, and their children have an opportunity to attend. The BPO has created... << Read More >>
 
January 4, 2019
STUDENT TOILET TRAINING
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 >>
 
December 17, 2018
THE ATTACKS HAVE BEGUN
The Billionaires, Charter School funders, Union haters and their co-conspirators have begun their attacks on unions in an effort to render workers undefended, exploited and for them to use as pawns as they please... << Read More >>
 
November 16, 2018
BTF UPDATES
SCHOOL FUNDING - BTF questions how each school’s funding is determined. WORKPLACE - BTF questions and takes issues with workplace/Facebook application and other email issues.<< Read More >>
 
November 7, 2018
BTF UPDATES
We continue to receive concerns that people who are not Board employees, e.g. in some case parents, are entering our school and classes without notice.<< Read More >>
 
October 11, 2018
BTF UPDATES
The large number of newly hired teachers who were incorrectly paid for prior service has slowed the process for adjusting teachers’ salaries. Payroll is working as quickly as possible now that the error has... << Read More >>
 
October 4, 2018
BTF UPDATES
All teachers hired on or after September 1, 2016 with Credited previous teaching experience, should have had their previous credited service started from Step 2, not Step 1. “Teachers with no prior service will be placed on Step 2. Teachers with prior service will be... << Read More >>
 
October 3, 2018
CLASSROOM WALKTHROUGHS (DRIVE-BYS)
We have received a copy of what in some schools is titled “CLASSROOM WALKTHROUGH FORM”. In my opinion: “Key” – It seems you have two (2) strikes against you... << Read More >>
 
September 24, 2018
BTF PRESS RELEASE - DISTRICT FOUND GUILTY OF TEACHER REPRISAL AND HARMING THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS AT CITY HONORS
An arbitrator has ruled that the Buffalo School District retaliated against the teachers at City Honors for prevailing in an arbitration against the District and harmed the students’ education by eliminating 5.5 teacher positions to fund the restoration of... << Read More >>
 
September 24, 2018
BREAST CANCER WALK
The Buffalo Teachers Federation is proud to once again be participating in the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk << View Flyer >>
 
September 18, 2018
BTF UPDATES
We have begun the review of our survey of what we are doing well and suggestions for how we can better serve you. Thank you for taking the time to participate... << Read More >>
 

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MEMORANDUM
 
 
Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers
 
From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF
 
Date:          September 18, 2018
 
Subject:     BTF Updates
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BTF Member Survey
We have begun the review of our survey of what we are doing well and suggestions for how we can better serve you.
 
Thank you for taking the time to participate. We have begun by making the contract searchable on our website (www.btfny.org/ContractInfo/FAQs) and are in the process of determining how we can make most of your inquires searchable as well. You should note that there is a FAQ section relating to the contact under the same tab.
 
Negotiations Survey
Beginning in the first part of November or before, we will be surveying teachers seeking input on their priorities for our contract negotiations that begin in January 2019.
 
School Safety
We have sent a compilation of your safety concerns and suggestions to the Superintendent and Board of Education based upon our survey. We will again be surveying teachers to determine if the concerns raised and suggestions have been addressed. We will continue until we are confident that our schools are safe – and will not stop until they are.
 
NEA/AFT Dues
After our BTF budget was passed, the NEA/AFT, our national affiliates, decided not to raise dues for this year. The increase was projected to be $3.52 per teacher, per year or $0.17 per check.
 
The current dues deduction reflects the $0.17 per check NEA/AFT increase.
 
There are at least 3 options from which the Council of Delegates will be asked to select.
  • Have the dues reduced by $0.17 per check as soon as possible and put any overpayments into our reserves.
  • Have the dues reduced by $0.17 per check as soon as possible and reduce the remaining 2018-2019 checks by the total overpayment (about $0.02 more per check)
  • Keep the NEA/AFT dues as is for this year only and put the $0.17 per check into a negotiations contingency fund.
  • Any other variations/suggestions.
Please advise your delegates of your position on this issue. We felt it was important that you should be advised of this for your input.
 
APPR
Teachers who received an “Ineffective” or “Developing” should consider appealing said (and in my opinion wrong) determination, i.e. teachers who received the rating of “Ineffective” or those who received a “Developing” and who received a probationary appointment on or after July 1, 2015 and received either 1) two developing ratings during the probationary period or 2) a developing rating in the final year of your probationary term.
 
To do so, fill out the attached appeal form and return it to the BTF using your personal email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to the BTF at 881-6678. Please send a copy of the final composite effectiveness score document that you received from the District as well as a copy of the mailing address cover of the envelope which includes the postmark date.
 
The deadline to file an appeal is 60 calendar days after you receive your final composite effectiveness score. We estimate that day to be October 28, 2018. However, there is preparation work that need to be
accomplished. Therefore, we are asking for your appeal form to be received by the BTF by October 14, 2019.
 
United Way Campaign
Your United Way materials should have been delivered to your school last week. If you have not received your pledge forms and information, please contact Kaleigh Terranova, United Way Community Engagement Specialist, at 887-2704.
 
The completed envelope should be delivered to:
 
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
742 Delaware Ave
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
 
Between 2:00–6:00 p.m.
 
Thank you in advance for coordinating the United Way campaign at your school.
 
Lesson Plans
We have been informed that some principals have mandated that teachers input their lesson plans into “Schoology”. Our position is that any such use of “Schoology” should be voluntary.
 
If your principal has mandated that you input your lesson plans into “Schoology” please advise us of your school by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
We will be filing a grievance on this issue.

 

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