Buffalo School Board

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Buffalo has some great schools and would have even more, under proposals from a UCLA education researcher presented to the school board Wednesday night.


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Led by Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore, there were teacher pickets in front of the South Buffalo home of School Board member Carl Paladino on Tuesday. The developer reacted by ordering in pizza and pop for the picketers.

Assemblymember Michael Kearns says he's skeptical of putting the Buffalo Public Schools under mayoral control.


Kennedy makes his case for mayoral control of schools

May 22, 2015

Legislation that would bring mayoral control to Buffalo schools is creating controversy. While acknowledging the plan's many criticisms, State Senator Tim Kennedy argues the move would bring greater accountability to the city's struggling education system.

The Buffalo school board kept busy Wednesday night, fighting through rancor and angry disputes to pass a budget while continuing the battle over how to find a new superintendent.


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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is criticizing the Buffalo School Board's search for a new leader. Ryan held a news conference Monday morning at his Delaware Avenue office in Buffalo calling on the board to hire a consulting firm to conduct a national superintendent search. 

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Members  of the Buffalo School Board's majority haven't given up on Emerson Principal James Weimer taking the superintendent's position. Meanwhile, the board's minority faction is still pushing for a wider search for a superintendent, possibly even a long-term national hunt. 

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A big debate is expected at Wednesday evening's Buffalo School Board meeting on selecting the next superintendent. Majority members are expected to name their candidate, Emerson School Principal Jim Weimer, by blocking out minority members.  But as WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) is demanding a comprehensive and transparent selection process.

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Majority members of the Buffalo School Board are reportedly moving to fill the position of superintendent with Emerson School of Hospitality Principal James Weimer Jr.

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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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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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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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The Buffalo School board's fighting continues. The situation could push out Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie before the board has settled on a replacement

School board weighs budget options

Mar 12, 2015
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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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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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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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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.


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

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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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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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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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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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The Buffalo school board debated issues surrounding the state's teacher and principal evaluation system Wednesday night.


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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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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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Even by the often-chaotic standards of Buffalo school board meetings, last night's was unusually hectic.

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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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The Buffalo Board of Education has potentially cleared the way for conversion of many city schools to charters.

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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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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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