Buffalo School Board

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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Buffalo Schools Superintendent
8:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Associate Superintendent Will Keresztes named interim leader of city schools

Interim Superintendent Will Keresztes meets with reporters following his appointment.
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The Buffalo Board of Education met in special session Monday afternoon to select an interim superintendent.  The board named Will Keresztes as the temporary successor to Superintendent Pamela Brown.

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Developing
4:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Board expected to replace superintendent Monday

Two years after she was sworn in as Buffalo Schools Superintendent, Dr. Pamela Brown is expected to depart today.
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The Buffalo Board of Education has been talking for weeks about what to do if Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown takes a buyout to leave the district.  Brown is expected to leave Monday and the board will be meeting in special session to discuss their next steps.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Outraged parents demand city school board keep MLK open

Advocates join parents in protest to keep MLK School 39 on High Street open in Buffalo.
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Some Buffalo Public School parents are calling on the school board to keep Martin Luther King School 39 open.  Monday afternoon the District Parent Coordinating Council and parents were joined by newly elected at large board member Larry Quinn and West District member James Sampson.  They protested the planned closing of the school.

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Focus on Education
9:24 am
Thu June 5, 2014

School Board makes no progress on superintendent

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The Buffalo Board of Education has now had two one-hour long discussions about how to pick a replacement for the departing Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown. On Wednesday, they decided another meeting was necessary. 

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Focus on Education
8:54 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Board members disagree on superintendent process

The Buffalo School Board met Wednesday but could not agree on how to replace Superintendent Pamela Brown.
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The Buffalo School Board showed Wednesday that its members don't share the same view when trying to decide what to do about the impending departure of Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Final days approaching for Buffalo superintendent

A termination agreement is expected to be reached that will allow for the exit of Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela Brown.
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The Buffalo School Board is meeting Wednesday afternoon to find out if a deal has been worked out for the resignation of Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown.

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Local
8:38 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Press Pass: Locating a new stadium for the Bills

An investment bank and law firm have been retained by the estate of Ralph Wilson to help facilitate the sale of the Buffalo Bills. In this week's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First discusses how the move should speed a sale process which will almost certainly coincide with the building of a new stadium.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Superintendent reacts to school board election results

Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown & Buffalo Board of Education President Barbara Seals Nevergold.
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The future of Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown could be in jeopardy following Tuesday night's school board election. Two candidates elected to three-at-large seats, Larry Quinn and Patti Bowers Pierce, are expected to align with board member Carl Paladino, who is seeking Brown's removal.

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Focus on Education
5:53 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Fired administrators suing Buffalo School Board

The Buffalo School Board is being formally notified Monday that two high-ranking administrators fired a month ago aren't going away quietly.

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Controversy surrounds Buffalo News ensorsements
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Press Pass: School Board endorsements and the city's Green Code on Press Pass

WBFO's Chris Jamele & Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly in WBFO studio.
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The Buffalo News has endorsed a trio of candidates for the Buffalo School Board elections Tuesday. Those endorsements have angered a segment of the public, and for some have emphasized racial divides in the city. On today's Press Pass, WBFO's Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly will discuss those endorsements.

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Focus on Education
5:46 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Parent group and school board meet in tense session

The District Parent Coordinating Council was granted a face-to-face meeting with the Buffalo School Board Wednesday.
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Buffalo school parents faced off yesterday with school board members. The session was lengthy, frequently loud, and  left many issues unsettled.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Buffalo School District at a crossroads

Buffalo Board of Education.
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The Buffalo Public School District is at a crossroads. Next month's school board election has drawn a great deal of attention and could determine the future of schools superintendent Pamela Brown.

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Focus on Education
8:26 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Parent protest gains school board attention

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Faced with a potential sit-in at the board room, the Buffalo School Board last night agreed to a direct meeting next Wednesday with the District Parent Coordinating Council.

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Focus on Education
9:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

School Board candidates debate education issues

Ten of 15 school board candidates took part in Thursday's debate.
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With the fight over three at-large seats on the Buffalo school board heating up and the election three weeks away, ten of the candidates turned up last night before a large crowd in First Shiloh Baptist Church on Thursday night.

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Candidates line up for School Board elections
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Press Pass: Ralph Wilson Stadium and school board elections

Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly and WBFO's Chris Jamele
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The recent passing of Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. has raised serious questions in regard to the status of the existing stadium, just as $130 million in renovations are underway for next season.

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Focus on Education
8:53 am
Thu March 20, 2014

School board deals with closings, struggling finances

CFO Barbara Smith delivered bad financial news at Wednesday's School Board meeting.
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The Buffalo Public School finances are bleak and drastic measures are being taken to deal with academic troubles.

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Dems dysfunction leaves legislative void
5:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Press Pass: Marinelli's seat and school board influence

Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly
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County Legislator Lynn Marinelli stepped down from her post in January, but no progress has been made in filling that seat.

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