Interim Buffalo School Superintendent Amber Dixon is speaking out for the first time about not being selected to lead the city school district.
Dixon tells WBFO & AM-970 News she is "disappointed" about not being selected to lead the city school district.
In a recent 7 to 2 vote, the school board recently selected Dr. Pamela Brown, a former Philadelphia school administrator. She will also become the first African-American woman to hold the permanent post.
The long and tangled fight over millions of dollars to help bail out Buffalo's six worst-performing schools may be nearing a resolution.
State Education Commissioner John King Wednesday said he will approve the latest deal between the Buffalo Teachers Federations and the school district when it is formally signed by interim Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon and BTF President Phil Rumore.
A series of prior deals was rejected by Albany or by union members. The sides have struggled for months over finding a plan that is acceptable to all interests.
The Buffalo Public Schools District received word from the State Education Department Thursday that it would approve improvement grants for six city schools.
The Education Department says it approved six of seven school improvement grants, but only if the district is able to reach agreement with on a teacher evolution plan with the Buffalo Teachers Federation by July 1.
"We are the adults in this city, every one of us, and the only people being hurt by this are the kids in this city," said interim Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon.
The New York State Board of Regents today followed a recommendation to close Pinnacle Charter School in June at the end of the current school year.
The Education Department recommended the school closing because of persistent sub-par scores on state tests. There is no appeal process, although school officials were meeting with legal counsel Tuesday about a possible lawsuit to block the closing.
Parents, teachers, and students have been rallying in recent days to keep the school open.
The Buffalo School Board could be voting soon on laying off dozens of employees after leaders of the teacher's union approved keeping an attendance clause in the district's teacher evaluation agreement.
Albany insists chronically absent students must count. The dispute is holding up $9 million in funding for six of Buffalo's low-achieving schools.
With more than $9 million at risk, Buffalo's Board of Education is appealing to the teachers union for help.
At a special meeting today, the School Board unanimously approved a resolution asking the Buffalo Teachers Federation Council of Delegates to reconsider removing the student attendance clause from its teacher evaluation plan. Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon says state education officials won't accept a plan that excludes students with excessive absences.