News, Alerts & Events

Important Information

  • The Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Information 

    The APPR is a process by which teachers are evaluated in NYS. The intent of APPR is to assist educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and to improve students' performance for colleges and careers. District APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and be negotiated with local unions. Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations and student performance. Teachers across NYS receive an overall effectiveness rating every year.


    APPR is complex and can often be overwhelming.  Click here to keep up to date on all the current APPR information.

  • Opt-Out Information 

    Teachers and parents share deep concerns about the standardized tests used by NYS for accountability purposes that include; stress on students, in-appropriateness and lack of validity of the Common Core-aligned tests, loss of learning time, and lack of transparency on state test content. Parents who decide it is not in their children’s best interests to take these assessments are part of an “Opt-Out” movement. BTF fully supports parents’ right to choose what is best for their children.


    Click here to keep up to date on the "Opt-Out" movement and other information.

  • COVID-19 Information

    For our members, BTF has collected COVID-19 resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, as well as our affiliates, NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. Together we must, and will, be proactive to ensure that Coronavirus does not infect and spread to our students, staff and community.
    Click here to view recent information and writen correspondence. The BTF will post more information as it becomes available.
  • BTF Officers Election

    Nominations for the election of 27 officers of the BTF will open on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at the Council of Delegates meeting and will close on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
    This includes the offices of President/Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 23 members of the Executive Committee. The term of office for the positions named above will be from 2021-2023.
    Click here to view more information on the Buffalo Teachers Federation Officers Election.

Buffalo Teachers Federation

The Buffalo Teachers Federation is the professional union that represents over 3800 contract, probationary and temporary teachers of the Buffalo Public Schools.

The BTF is proud to be a member of New York State United Teachers and affiliated nationally with the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.

We invite you to explore our website for information and resources specifically for our members and retirees.


 July 2021
   5   Independence Day Observed
  16     1st Extended Pay Plan Disbursement   
  30   2nd Extended Pay Plan Disbursement    
 August 2021
  13    3rd Extended Pay Plan Disbursement      
  27   4th Extended Pay Plan Disbursement

For those who have signed up for the BTF Extended Pay, the disbursements are as follows:


one (1) check – July 16, 2021
two (2) checks – July 16 and August 13, 2021
four (4) checks – July 16, July 30, August 13 and August 27, 2021


The number of disbursements has been pre-selected by the participant. If you have questions, please call the BTF.

Office Information

Mailing Address:
Buffalo Teachers Federation
271 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14201
Phone: 716-881-5400
Supplemental Benefit Fund:
Phone: 716-881-5462
Fax:     716-881-0580
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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