Should Buffalo Teachers Have To Live In City

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Should Buffalo teachers have to live in the city where they work? In 1992 the Buffalo School Board passed a residency requirement for teachers.
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sean

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Nov 21, 2007
 
Nope, No way!, Buffalo is nothing but one hudge ghetto!!
There is nothing appealing about the city, trash running the city, trash blowing around the city, and trash living in da city axing where is da check. Give me a break a residency rule. Oh news flash a new tax how fresh, how shifting figures were starting to hear the same old crap again were is keane, griffin, and all the old same old same old
job hunting

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Nov 21, 2007
 
If the city schools want to widen their search for qualified candidates, they need to start expanding their residency rule. I have my Bachelor's in Elementary Ed. with a Math concentration. I've been subbing, both short & long term , interviewed and have resorted to employment outside of education so I can pay my bills. When Buffalo City Schools are reading to expand their residency rule....Please Contact Me!!!!
WNY Gal

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#3
Nov 21, 2007
 
I don't think there should be a residency rule. It would give a lot of new graduates an opportunity to get a teaching job right out of college.
not surprised

Buffalo, NY

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#4
Nov 21, 2007
 
sean wrote:
Nope, No way!, Buffalo is nothing but one hudge ghetto!!
There is nothing appealing about the city, trash running the city, trash blowing around the city, and trash living in da city axing where is da check. Give me a break a residency rule. Oh news flash a new tax how fresh, how shifting figures were starting to hear the same old crap again were is keane, griffin, and all the old same old same old
well, sean, since you live in Buffalo, and you say Buffalo is one huge ghetto, I guess you are just one of the ghetto scums.
by the way: it's ASKING not axing. THE not da.
yep, showed us YOUR true ghetto spirit didn't you?
The Realist

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Nov 21, 2007
 
Like they are going to get better candidates because they live in the Burbs. Who the hell would want to teach in Bflo?
GMR

Dunkirk, NY

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#6
Nov 21, 2007
 
NO this should not matter. if it is all about the quality of education for the kids than why should it matter where the teachers spend their off time. Why does the city of buffalo want people to live in the city limits anyways? How does it change the way your children are taught. Or is the city afraid that some of the suburban teachers might not be able to handle the Riff Raff that make up our city school system. Whatever it is it is just another example of the lousy system of government that makes up our little section of WNY.
Long runner

Niagara Falls, NY

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Nov 21, 2007
 
People who collect a city pay check should live in the city.

Teachers, cops, firemen all make a good living. The added demand of all those people living within city limits would increase the value of the nice areas (n buffalo, elmwood village) and force struggling areas to clean up.

The addition to the tax base and increase needs of small businesses to handle the increase of residency would be benefits as well.
Dee

Bronx, NY

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Nov 21, 2007
 
The problem with Buffalo is that the City and the Suburbs around her are all in Erie county! In some parts of the country the city and the suburbs are both in separate counties. If the teachers have residence in Erie county they should be permitted to work in City schools. A matter of fact City residents should be lucky anybody is willing to go into to those city neigborhoods to educate their children. City residents PTA should be protective of the districts teachers also!
Buffalo Blows

Rochester, NY

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#9
Nov 21, 2007
 
No, the fact that the teachers subject themselves to the waste product students and violence in those schools that is punishment enough. Let them live where they want.
Lidya

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#10
Nov 21, 2007
 
When our tax dollars are paying them, they should live in that area. The money that is spent on housing, cars, food and everything else should be spent in that community so it goes back into the system. Living else where and supporting those areas does nothing for the area they are working in.
Joke

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Nov 22, 2007
 
No other school districts have this ruling (but should) so why should Buffalo keep it. Wake up Buffalo!
OMG

Batavia, NY

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Nov 22, 2007
 
Lidya wrote:
When our tax dollars are paying them, they should live in that area. The money that is spent on housing, cars, food and everything else should be spent in that community so it goes back into the system. Living else where and supporting those areas does nothing for the area they are working in.
90% of the City of Buffalo School Budget is subsidized by New York State. So by your thinking I guess teachers should be allowed to live anywhere in the state????

Instead of MAKING teachers live in the city maybe the city should take a good look at why teachers (and others) don't want to live there? The City of Buffalo is "proud" every time they build a new low-income housing project. Maybe they should stop catering to the lowest-common-denominator and build housing that meets the needs of people that are actually PAYING the taxes instead of SUCKING off them!

Since: Oct 07

Orchard Park, NY

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Nov 22, 2007
 
The residency rule is NOT enforced. It has no effect, what so ever, on the city or the teachers. Beleieve me, IT IS NOT ENFORCED.
Brian D in Kenmore

Buffalo, NY

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#15
Nov 22, 2007
 
The residency rule is obsolete. Other than the public sector, there is no where else in business that such a policy would stand. Do the Powertrain works all have to drive GM's? If you work at Wegman's, can you shop only there ? I think not. You get a better candidate base by dropping the rule - not loyalty - more likely resentment.
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Nov 22, 2007
 
I live in the city and I work in the city. I want to move back to williamsville where I am almost everyday w/my family. I hate living in the city, it hasn't made me a better teacher, I'm scared if I'll get shot when I'm driving through by some dumbass. All that the city living has done for me is realize the crappy environment I am in and when dealing with the kids "the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree" holds true, at least 80%of them. I should be able to live where I want but w/the wage freeze I don't have enough money to get out of the city. Oh and I also exploit black children when I teach b/c I am a white teacher and I don't belong teaching in the city and can't fill the needs of black kids anyways according to a certain board member. Damn I better stop now before I really go off!
2 Teachers

Wellsville, NY

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Nov 22, 2007
 
My husband and I are both teachers and we definitely shy away from Buffalo because of the residency rule. Yes, I do think teachers would teach in Buffalo if there was no residency rule. Most of us have to have a student teaching placement in Buffalo and I, personally, love that experience more than my suburban placement. But we have a house and arent going to move again so fast. It's too tough.
2 Teachers

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Nov 22, 2007
 
Joke wrote:
No other school districts have this ruling (but should) so why should Buffalo keep it. Wake up Buffalo!
Not true... Niagara Falls has this ruling too and it is strictly enforced. People have been fired in previous years when found they were not living in the Falls by private investigators.
bill

Buffalo, NY

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Nov 22, 2007
 
takemebktowillmsv wrote:
I live in the city and I work in the city. I want to move back to williamsville where I am almost everyday w/my family. I hate living in the city, it hasn't made me a better teacher, I'm scared if I'll get shot when I'm driving through by some dumbass. All that the city living has done for me is realize the crappy environment I am in and when dealing with the kids "the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree" holds true, at least 80%of them. I should be able to live where I want but w/the wage freeze I don't have enough money to get out of the city. Oh and I also exploit black children when I teach b/c I am a white teacher and I don't belong teaching in the city and can't fill the needs of black kids anyways according to a certain board member. Damn I better stop now before I really go off!
gosh you have a miserable outlook......please stay in the city we dont need teachers like you in williamsville!!!!!!!
Michael McLaughlin Sr

Buffalo, NY

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Nov 22, 2007
 
I think it is about time that the City of Buffalo comes to the realization that where you live does not equate to a higher level of education or commitment that a teacher gives to students. Should the City of Buffalo school system truly want to attract a higher level of teachers, they must allow these teachers to live where they choose as well as compensate them with the proper pay and benefits package. Teaching is no different than any other business, if you want strong qualified employees, show them by paying them and giving incentives. Our children deserve it.
Harvey R

Buffalo, NY

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#21
Nov 22, 2007
 
Only city residents should teach in Buffalo... OK, but then for political correctness, no city teachers should be allowed to teach anywhere except Buffalo.
And,LAURA - residency is enforced. There are two hiring lists. For an open position, Buffalo residents are considered first. If no Buffalonian qualifies (usually for specialized classes) the second list (non-residents) is used. This practice does not affect teachers hired before this restriction. Teachers who spent much of their academic lives dedicated teaching in Buffalo, are not forced to move to the city.

Why restrict residence of teachers only? Urbanites should work, shop, worship, etc. only in Buffalo. Urbanites should be required to shop, etc. anywhere except Buffalo. GREAT!
How long will shops, theaters, and of course religious and higher education institutions survive with this plan?? OR will these be moved to the suburbs too... then Buffalo can be a ghost town.
I have an idea - we can build a wall around Buffalo and then no one other than residents can enter or leave.. Wouldn't that solve everything!

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