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Parent group asks teachers union to settle impasse at City Honors

Parent leaders want the Buffalo Teachers Federation to do its part in resolving the labor impasse at City Honors School.

The District Parent Coordinating Council is asking the BTF to have City Honors teachers perform "nonteaching" duties – the source of the labor dispute – for the rest of the school year while the union negotiates a settlement with the school district. Otherwise, the district is poised to cut 5.5 teaching positions from City Honors in the middle of the school year. The controversy is now in court.

Parent leaders called a protest Wednesday morning outside BTF headquarters at Niagara Street and Porter Avenue. They want the BTF to "take the lead to protect our students until a negotiated settlement can be reached."

Union officials said they already have asked the school district to bring a mediator in to help settle the matter, so the ball is in their court.

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