BTF News & Alerts
06/11/13 - These two motions were passed by the BTF Executive Committee and will be voted on by
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 Memo
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
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
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
02/05/13 - January 11, 2013 Safe Schools Memo to Dr. Brown, BPS Board of Ed Members
11/28/12 - List of the great Disney and Randon 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 Files SLO Grievance
10/26/12 - Delegate Questions sent to Superintendent
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
09/04/12 - "50% Stupid Solution" memo dated August 31st and emailed over the Labor Day weekend.
08/13/12 - "Share My Lesson" Program Announcement Memo
08/13/12 - Women's Teachers Association of Buffalo 2012-2013 Annual Membership Drive Flyer
08/03/12 - Negotiations/Court Update
08/01/12 - All BPS employees are welcome to a reception for Dr. Pamela C. Brown. It will take place on Thursday, August 16th at the
07/27/12 - Waterfront Charter School - Letter of Intent
07/27/12 - East Charter High School - Letter of Intent
07/11/12 - Phil's memo pertaining to overage payments beginning on July 13th.
06/15/12 - BTF Election of AFT Delegates Results - June 2, 2012
06/15/12 - Darien Lake Ticket Discount for NUSUT Members - July 13-20, 2012 Brochure and Order Form
05/25/12 - Phil thought you would want to participate in this... Please read the PDF and send your letter. A BTF Email A Call to the New
05/04/12 - Phil's "Letter to the Editor" Response to Recent Misrepresentations in Buffalo News Editorials
04/24/12 - Letter to Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon - Not Giving Up
04/23/12 - Phil's Response to Sunday's Buffalo News Editorial
04/06/12 - Important Memos, Letters, and Articles previously sent via e-mail
03/19/12 - First look at the new student absenteeism public service announcement.
03/08/12 - Phil's response to Buffalo Board of Education President Louis Petrucci's letter to remove any conditions from proposed
03/02/12 - Sick Leave Extension - 30 Day Board Extension Instructions
02/16/12 - Clarification and Modifications of the APPR
02/16/12 - Final Submitted Version of the Memorandum of Understanding Between Buffalo City School District and the BTF
02/13/12 - $1000 Grant Available - The New York State Retired Teachers Association is pleased to offer a $1000 grant. Details...
02/13/12 - 2011 Teachers Dues Breakdown
02/06/12 - Memorandum of Understanding Between the Buffalo City School District and the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Inc.
01/07/12 - Phil's Letter to Teachers - Teacher Evaluation and Evaluation Appeals
12/27/11 - Phil's letter to Commissioner King and Board of Regents - Reasons for not signing 50% transfers
12/27/11 - Buffalo News Article - Teacher's Desk redefines school shopping - Nonprofit helps educators outfit classrooms for free
11/09/11 - Free Financial Planning Workshop for NYSUT Members - See attached brochure - Wednesday, November 9th
09/08/11 - Tuesday, September 13th is Primary Day. The Executive Committee has made endorsements in several ballot races.
09/08/11 - The Retiree - NYSUT Retirees of WNY Scholarship (includes application)
08/26/11 - BTF Proposal to Save Jobs - Resolution
08/16/11 - The guidelines for the Sick Leave bank have changed. If you are a member of the Sick Leave Bank and have not received
07/27/11 - Executive Committee Memorandum - Meeting Date - Please RSVP
07/27/11 - Memo to Superintendent Williams - Arbitration Agreement and Another Attempt to Violate our Contract
07/28/11 - Attendance Teachers Grievance Memo to Superintendent Williams - Another Intolerable Action
07/15/11 - Memo to Superintendent Williams concerning Neighborhood Schools
07/27/11 - Arbitrator Rules for BTF - Superintendent violated BTF contract in denying voluntary transfers
• • • • • • • • • PRESS RELEASE - Arbitration Results • • • • • • • • •
07/20/11 - Principal Transfers and New Appointments - Administrative Updates Memo from Superintendent Williams
07/18/11 - PRESS RELEASE - BTF Calls for Return of Neighborhood Schools
06/07/11 - Memo from Phil Rumore to Superintendent Williams - Student Absenteeism
05/19/11 - BTF Releases Devastating Student Absenteeism Report
05/19/11 - New York State Department of Education Upholds BTF Handicapped Student Complaints
05/17/11 - Darien Lake Discounts - Exclusive NYSUT Member Discount Days (July 15-22)
05/17/11 - NYSUT Board Alert from Vice President Neira - Regents Adopt APPR Regulations. E-mail sent to K-12 Local Presidents
05/13/11 - Memo: NYSED Findings of District Violations of Federal and State Laws Pertaining to Students with Disabilities
05/05/11 - Memo: EPO Legislation/SIG Grants
04/25/11 - Memo: School Improvement Grants
04/16/11 - Demonstration of Teacher Solidarity - BTF Solidarity Rally April 27th
04/15/11 - Phil Rumore Memo Concerning Refusal to Sign Buffalo SIG Application
03/30/11 - So much for justice - We will continue to fight this...
03/25/11 - City of Buffalo - Buffalo Board of Education Resolution - An Order to Rescind Residency Rule Policy
03/14/11 - BTF TV & Radio spots to begin today. We will keep this document updated as new dates and times become
03/11/11 - Court Case: Buffalo Teachers Federation v Buffalo Board of Education. Decision expected between the end of
01/01/11 - Memo to Superintendent Williams - I. D. E. A. Complaint relating to alleged violations of Federal and/or New York
12/08/10 - 2010 BTF Dues Breakdown
12/08/10 - Memo to Superintendent Williams concerning Child Abuse
12/08/10 - Memo to Superintendent Williams - Reasons the Residency Policy Should be Rescinded
12/08/10 - Memo to Buffalo Teachers Regarding Teacher Residency - Points to Consider
11/15/10 - After months of intense marketing and promotion for “Waiting for ‘Superman,’ the initial buzz around
11/11/10 - Memo to Superintendent Williams - Special Education: Possible Illegal Action by District
11/11/10 - Cosmetic surgery article sumbmitted to the Buffalo News for the "Another Voice" column
11/10/10 - Memo to Superintendent Williams - Supplemental Educational Services
11/09/10 - Letter of Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Podolefsky, President Buffalo State College
11/09/10 - Memo to Delegate Chairs Concerning After School Supplemental Services
10/26/10 - BTF to Accent Positive Student Behavior - Distributes 50,000 "Buffalo's Best" Certificates to Teachers
10/19/10 - The Washington Post article - Strengths and Weaknesses of "Superman"
10/19/10 - Blog post by Aaron M. Pallas (published by The Hechinger Group) "An Inconvenient Truthiness"
10/19/10 - Education Justice Editorial, "Superman is from another planet"
10/19/10 - National Center for Fair and Open Testing article "The Real Facts About Waiting for Superman"
10/07/10 - Washington Post Article - What Superman Got Wrong (Point by Point)
09/30/10 - New Vanderbuilt study finds Teacher Performance Pay alone does not raise student test scores
09/16/10 - Memo to Superintendent Willaims and the BOE - Attendance Report Rebuttal - (Includes Report)
09/14/10 - Letter from Phil Rumore about Candidate Support in Primary Election
08/25/10 - Administrative Staff Changes: Board of Education Approval Request
08/25/10 - Donald Ogilvie Letter: Buffalo Joint Intervention Team (JIT)
08/25/10 - Memo to Superintendant Williams: Denial of Teacher Transfers
07/29/10 - Memo to Superintndent Williams and Board Members: Proposed Changes Interrelating Lafayette and
07/28/10 - Education Department Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Reform
07/28/10 - NEA's Delegates Vote "No Confidence" in Race to the Top...
07/28/10 - Civil Rights Groups Call for Federal Education Agenda
07/13/10 - Letter to Commissioner Stating Reasons For Not Signing District School Improvement Grant Application
Note: BTF has not agreed to any items in conflict with our contract. Any changes in contract must be agreed to.
To access appendices relating to specific schools, click below:
When J.I.T. reports are received they will be posted on the BTF website.
These are only the grant applications. They have not been approved by State Education
06/24/10 - Press Release! BTF to Buffalo State University - Not renewing lease for the Campus West School
06/24/10 - Important! Information concerning the 2010 Teachers Retirement Incentive
06/17/10 - Phil's letter to Superintendent Williams related to in-school suspensions
05/17/10 - BTF opposes NYSUT agreement to use test scores on evaluations and changes to 3020-a (dismissal) legislation
05/04/10 - Phil Rebutts District School Calendar Assertions
03/19/10 - Memo to Superintendent Williams requesting reconsideration to move the February 22, 23, 24, and 25
04/29/10 - BTF Buffalo Board of Education Candidate Endorsements
04/29/10 - NYSUT Buffalo Board of Education Candidate Endorsements
04/21/10 - Letter to Senator Charles Schumer concerning Federal Funding. Copies also sent to Senators
04/16/10 - "Have You Talked With Your Child About School Today?" Latest Ad Schedule
03/29/10 - Phil Answers News Editorial Supporting Hoyt's Call for Teachers to Freeze Their Wages
02/17/10 - Memo to Dr. Dennis Ponton - Making the Campus School one of the Finest in New York State
02/16/10 - Board Residency Policy/Q & A
02/11/10 - BTF To Picket Pro Health Sciences Charter Presentation at Hearthstone Manor on Wendesday February 17th
01/26/10 - Letter to Faculty on the Designation of Schools and the Tentative Actions by BTF
01/07/10 - Letter to Superintendent Williams regarding Buffalo News Article Relating to Board of Education Meeting
01/05/10 - BTF Raises Concerns Re: Race to the Top MOU (this is a large file, please be patient)
11/20/09 - BTF initiates discussion with District Regarding Burdensome Lesson Plans, Paperwork and "Walk
11/02/09 - Testimony to the NYS Finance Committee on the Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan (DRP)
11/02/09 - BTF Candidate Endorsement List
10/27/09 - BTF Delegates and Executive Committee asked to reconsider endorsement.