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The Buffalo Teachers Federation Proposes The School District ‘Work With The Union’ To Establish A Standing Teaching & Learning Environment Committee, While Answering Critics Of Its Recently-Released Disruptive Student Survey

Published Friday, February 16, 2018
by BTF Press Release & WNYLaborToday.com
The Buffalo Teachers Federation Proposes The School District ‘Work With The Union’ To Establish A Standing Teaching & Learning Environment Committee, While Answering Critics Of Its Recently-Released Disruptive Student Survey

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is calling on the Buffalo School District to work with the BTF to establish a standing Teaching & Learning Environment Committee to address the concerns raised in its Disruptive Student Survey.

The resolution was approved unanimously by the BTF Executive Committee and Council of Delegates (who are elected representatives from all city schools) in early February.

The BTF also released a rebuttal to some who attacked the survey for only having 1,217 responses and as being a negative reflection on poor and minority students.

The BTF response points out that well over 27,808 students’ learning conditions and safety are impacted by the concerns raised by those 1,217 Teachers.

The response also points out that of the students negatively impacted by disruptive students, 80% are minority and 82% are economically-disadvantaged, the BTF said.

“We believe we must work together to establish a standing ‘Teaching and Learning Environment Committee’ to address the concerns raised in our study, to develop a comprehensive strategic and evolving plan to ensure that the students that need assistance and support receive that support so that all of our students have an excellent learning and safe environment,” BTF President Phil Rumore said.  “We are also disappointed that some would rather find fault with our survey rather than realize that it is a cause for concern that we must address together.”

Teachers from 65 of the 69 Buffalo schools and 12 “other sites” responded to the survey, which was completed by the BTF over a one-month period.

“Everyone should be shocked and concerned with the results and Teacher statements in this survey.  We must work together to ensure that our students’ learning environment and safety are not compromised by disruptive student behaviors, while also working with the disruptive students to find the cause of and how to correct the disruptive behaviors,” Rumore said.  “We cannot allow it to go unaddressed and uncorrected to the detriment of other students’ education and safety.”

To Directly Access The BTF’s Press Release, Go To: www.btfny.org/press/disruptive_behavior_11918.pdf.  The Complete BTF’s Disruptive Student Survey Can Be Found At: www.btfny.org/press/disruptive_behavior_results_2018.pdf 

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