BUFFALO, NY (WBEN) - Teachers at McKinley High School are again looking to shine a light on what they say are serious issues with the administration there.
The Buffalo Teachers Federation has released the results of a secret ballot survey sent to every Teacher at McKinley High School. Buffalo Teacher's Federation President Phil Rumore said about one-third of the school's 110 teachers responded to the poll. The survey found that 92% of teachers find the leadership of the current administration in that school to be poor or non-existent, and 89% of teachers are worried about the safety of the students in that school.
"One of the questions on the questionnaire was 'Teachers are in Constant Fear of Retributions from the Principal'," Rumore said. "Eighty percent agreed with that. Of the teachers that responded, they understand. People were afraid to fill out the questionnaire."
McKinley High School is one of the better performing schools within Buffalo Public Schools. It has a graduation rate of 77 percent. However, Rumore said it saw a drop in rate last June and pinned the blame on its leadership causing a poor learning environment.
"The graduation rate at McKinley in June went down one percent, whereas it had been going up before this principal was there," he said. "The graduation rate of African American and black students went down seven percent. The school had been doing well."
The survey sent to teachers follows concerns about McKinley High that were made public after a teacher was body slammed by a 14-year-old student earlier this year.
Buffalo Public Schools responded to the survey and Rumore's claims about graduation rate as follows: