Riverside dispute leads to teacher suspensions
The Buffalo school system has suspended the entire five-member Social Studies Department in Riverside. The punishment is in connection with a dispute over correcting Regents tests in the spring.
Exactly what happened is a little unclear since the district says it's a personnel matter and won't comment.
BTF President Phil Rumore says the teachers wanted to ensure security of the scoring and wanted overtime to work late on corrections. According to Rumore, an administrator called the teachers terrorists for their actions.
"For them to call the teachers terrorists is disgusting in the first place but to have a teacher that left a country because of terrorism called a terrorist just shows the kind of mentality of the people that are making these decisions," Rumore said.
Rumore says a top district administrator broke state rules and removed the uncorrected tests from the building and had unidentified people do the final grading. He says there have been complaints to Albany about violating test rules.
The suspensions are being appealed.