Buffalo School Board approves 63 teacher layoffs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Dozens of Buffalo school teachers will be laid off.

Wednesday night, the school board voted to approve the classroom cuts, which will see four guidance counselors, 12 ELA teachers, 12 math teachers, 10 science teachers, 11 social studies teachers, 10 reading teachers, two art teachers and two hearing impaired teachers let go.

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The district blames the layoffs on school consolidation and the elimination of the ninth grade class at Bennett High School this year.

Buffalo Teacher Federation President Phil Rumore says the timing of the layoffs, just weeks before the school year, is “unconscionable.”

“I think that it’s really callous to wait until this part of the year when all the jobs in the other districts are already filled and they have absolutely nowhere to get an additional position,” Rumore said.

The district says the laid offs were made based on an analysis after retirement and disability notices were made.

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