Buffalo School Board

Focus on Education
9:09 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Board divided over superintendent search

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The dispute between the two factions of the Buffalo Board of Education is heating up over whether to move up someone inside the school system to be superintendent or go through a long process in search of an outside candidate.

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Focus on Education
10:20 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Buffalo School Board battles through marathon session

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The Buffalo Board of Education convened Wednesday's meeting at 5:30 p.m. After a session of issues, controversy and some name calling, the meeting was adjourned around midnight.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Ogilvie 'disappointed' to be Paladino's latest target

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie says he's 'disappointed' to be Paladino's latest target.
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Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino is calling for the ouster of interim Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.  But Ogilvie plans to stay at least until the end of the school year.

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Focus on Education
8:51 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Ogilvie's future in Buffalo schools remains in doubt

Donlad Ogilvie remains as the interim Superintendent of Buffalo troubled school district.
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The Buffalo School board's fighting continues. The situation could push out Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie before the board has settled on a replacement

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Local
9:29 am
Thu March 12, 2015

School board weighs budget options

School board members listen as speakers push for more spending on physical education.
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With budget season approaching, Buffalo school board members must decide on how to best utilize the district's limited resources. Additional spending for physical education is one consideration.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Future school leadership search

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie is searching for a deputy superintendent.
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Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie continues the search process for a new deputy superintendent.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says that person could become the future superintendent.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Thu February 26, 2015

School board members clash again

Wednesday's school board meeting proved to be another contentious affair.
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The Buffalo School Board twists and turns continue, with the general counsel suing School Board Member Carl Paladino. In turn, Paladino is threatening to go after her license to practice law.

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Focus on Education
9:25 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Expected vote on fate of four Buffalo failing schools

Buffalo Board of Education listening in January to MLK School's proposed phase-in plan.
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The Buffalo Board of Education meets in special session Friday morning to decide the fate of four failing city schools.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the board is meeting to consider the phase-in and request for space proposals.


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Crime
1:48 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Former school official charged with stealing anti-poverty funds

A former administrator at the Buffalo Board of Education has been charged with stealing funds.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Thu January 29, 2015

School board delays decision on failing schools

A large crowd gathered at Performing Arts school for Wednesday night's school board meeting.
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The Buffalo School Board postponed a decision Wednesday night on the future of four city schools Albany has ordered closed. The issue brought a huge crowd to the school board meeting that was held at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts School. 

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

State audit criticizes Buffalo school board president

Wednesday's school board meeting at Waterfront School turned into another contentious affair.
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A long and contentious meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night turned loud in criticism of  school board President Jim Sampson.

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Focus on Education
11:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Proposed ‘phase-in’ plans for four failing schools

Some Buffalo School board members listen to Phase-in proposals Monday at City Hall.
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The Buffalo Board of Education is now reviewing school phase-in plans before sending a final decision on four-failing schools to the State Education Department. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says two phase-in proposals were presented to board members Monday.

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Focus on Education
11:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Parent group seeks role on Buffalo School Board

The District Parent Coordinating Council outlined its plan at a Tuesday night meeting.
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A student representative currently occupies a spot on the Buffalo School Board. The District Parent Coordinating Council seeks a similar non-voting role for a parent.

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Local
8:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

School board questions teacher, principal and school ratings

Buffalo School Board Members discuss teacher evaluations
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The Buffalo school board debated issues surrounding the state's teacher and principal evaluation system Wednesday night.


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Focus on Education
9:51 am
Mon December 8, 2014

A call for a new teachers contract to focus on students

Bryon McIntyre, Vice President of the District Parent Coordinating Council, recently joined the Buffalo Niagara Partnership calling for a new teachers contract that puts children first.
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The Buffalo Board of Education is still waiting for a fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says as the board awaits the information, there is a call for changes in a new teacher contract that would focus more on students. 

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Focus on Education
11:46 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Unions expected to fight additional charter schools

BTF President Phil Rumore says union lawyers are looking at the legalities of the school board's recent moves.
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Phil Rumore, the head of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, says charter schools and regular public schools shouldn't mix.  The union chief is reacting to the school board putting charter operators into the process for what happens to four schools Albany wants closed.

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Focus on Education
4:48 am
Thu November 6, 2014

School board members clash in chaotic session

The Buffalo School Board met Wednesday at Waterfront School.
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Even by the often-chaotic standards of Buffalo school board meetings, last night's was unusually hectic.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Thu October 16, 2014

School Board begins search for permanent superintendent

Tim Kremer of the State School Boards Association, foreground, discussed the city's superintendent vacancy Wednesday night.
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With the Buffalo Public School system once again operating under an interim superintendent, the school board is starting the process of looking for a permanent boss.

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Focus on Education
10:59 am
Thu October 9, 2014

School Board moves towards more charter schools

The Buffalo School Board met at Performing Arts Wednesday night.
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The Buffalo Board of Education has potentially cleared the way for conversion of many city schools to charters.

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Focus on Education
5:27 am
Thu October 2, 2014

School 82 incident prompts policy change proposal

Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie discussed the School 82 incident at a Wednesday night committee meeting.
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When a five-year-old special education student at School 82 put on his coat and backpack and left school, no one noticed until he was found wandering by a police officer. Officials are moving to prevent such situations from occurring again.

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Focus on Education
9:20 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Teachers picket Buffalo School Board

Teachers made their presence felt at Wednesday's meeting of the Buffalo School Board.
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The decade-long fight between Buffalo's school system and the Buffalo Teachers Federation over a contract surfaced at Wednesday's Buffalo Board of Education  meeting where hundreds of teachers protested.

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Local
8:28 am
Mon August 25, 2014

School board examines consultant costs

Board member Theresa Harris-Tigg is among those raising questions about consultants in Buffalo schools.
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Buffalo schools spend millions and millions of dollars each year on consultants. Now, school board members are raising sharp questions about their value.

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Focus on Education
7:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

School board approves teacher layoffs

The Buffalo School Board approved a plan for teacher layoffs by a vote of 6-to-2.
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The Buffalo Board of Education voted Wednesday night to lay off 63 teachers.

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Focus on Education
10:09 am
Thu August 7, 2014

School board infighting continues

Buffalo Board of Education meeting Wednesday.
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A special meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education turned into a bit of a chaotic session Wednesday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says once again there was plenty of controversy in a more than three-hour session.

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Focus on Education
9:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Common Council leader says school board has ‘very little’ discussion of education issues

Buffalo Common Council president Darius Pridgen discusses education issues.
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The leader of the Buffalo Common Council is weighing in on the education crisis in the city. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with the Council president and True Bethel pastor Rev. Darius Pridgen.  Pridgen, who once served as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education, offers his thoughts on the city district.

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Breaking
6:28 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Ogilvie appointed interim Buffalo schools superintendent

Donald Ogilvie is now interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools.
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Buffalo's Board of Education appointed former Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Donald Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent in a contentious board meeting Wednesday evening. 

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Focus on Education
4:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Larry Quinn says it's time to do things 'differently' in city schools

Buffalo at-large school board member Larry Quinn.
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Larry Quinn is one of the new Buffalo Board of Education members and makes up the new majority on the board. Quinn said Wednesday he is ready to support former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent Don Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent. 

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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New majority names Sampson school board president

The new school board posed for a group photo Tuesday on the steps of City Hall.
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The Buffalo School Board has some new leadership but most of the old problems.

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Focus on Education
10:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Buffalo School board votes to keep MLK open

Outside MLK School in Buffalo at a recent protest by parents.
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The Buffalo School Board reversed itself Wednesday night in voting to keep Martin Luther King School open.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Fighting for a voice on education issues

Parent leader Patricia Elliott and Cobie Lewis with The Better Schools Better Neighborhoods Collaborative voice their concerns with the city school district.
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School educators and stakeholders in the Buffalo Public School District say parental involvement is key in changing failing schools and leading students to success.  But what about the parents who are involved.  In this Focus on Education interview, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with two concerned citizens who are fighting for a voice when it comes to resolving the city's education crisis.

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