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Buffalo schools are becoming concerned about food allergies among the students. That ranges from the peanut issue to determining what is in other food brought into the buildings, like cupcakes for birthdays.


LGBTQ lawsuit with McKinley HS settled

Sep 5, 2017
WBFO's Mike Desmond

The New York Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday morning the settlement of a federal lawsuit against the Buffalo City School District for what it charged was "the open and systematic discrimination of LGBTQ students at McKinley High School."

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The two leaders of the Buffalo Public School District and Catholic schools held a conversation Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash met with Catholic Schools Superintendent Sister Carol Cimino at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Tuesday.   

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The Buffalo school board is coming to grips with violence in parts of the district. Much of Wednesday's board session focused on the issue which seems to have no easy solution.


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The Buffalo School Board has called for Carl Paladino's resignation following disparaging comments he made about President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

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The Buffalo school board has moved on, saying a plan from developer Krog to move the new, second Emerson High School into the old Trico complex downtown is dead.


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The Buffalo Board of Education and the Buffalo Teachers Federation reached a tentative contract deal late Sunday.  The school board is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a tentative contract finally sealed close to midnight Sunday evening. It would be the first labor agreement between the two sides since the last one expired 12 years ago.

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The pace of bargaining between Buffalo schools and the teachers union has picked up. Bargaining teams met Tuesday and are planning to meet again on Friday afternoon.


With Buffalo schools opening for another year, the issues of academic achievement will again surface. This is a system where only a quarter of Black males graduate, in a student body which is around three-quarters minority and immigrant.


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The continuing debate in Buffalo schools over a policy for transgender students drew such a large crowd Wednesday night that the meeting was moved from the usual, cramped board room to the much larger Common Council Chambers. A heavy security presence added to the evening's tension.


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The Dignity for All Students Act, or DASA, looks to create a supportive education environment for all students. Some officials in the Buffalo School District believe it can help curb bullying in city schools.


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As city of Buffalo's eighth graders are trying to decide where they will go to high school, the Buffalo Public School District will be show-casing five new choices Saturday morning in Bennett High School.


Buffalo schools are expanding the optical fiber internet system which connects schools and other buildings.


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Local foods for local kids. That's a pilot program in ten Buffalo schools, testing serving foods from local farms and suppliers in the lunch room.


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Along with major efforts to improve some of Buffalo's most-troubled schools, the district is also expanding its programs for special groups of students.


Buffalo is closer to meeting state requirements for gym classes, with 40 new teachers hired to teach physical education and health. More gym teachers are about to be hired.


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There may have been more school district administrators and support staff agency workers than parents in Bennett High School Monday for a parent orientation.


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Buffalo School Board members will meet in a special session Tuesday to vote on naming Dr. Kriner Cash as the district's next superintendent.

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For years, Buffalo has had high school students scattered through the district who are unlikely to graduate because they are much older than their fellow students. The district is now setting up the Pathways program to offer help.

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The Buffalo Public School District works to make sure the needs of its special education students are met.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education to learn how the District is working to engage students in their academics.  


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After much controversy over the selection of a new Buffalo schools superintendent School Board Member Larry Quinn says it is time to move forward.

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Despite a budget approaching $1 billion, Buffalo schools are facing a deficit. Officials announced a $10 million shortfall at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

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Despite planning problems caused by the recent Lake Effect snow storm, the Buffalo Board of Education d voted Wednesday evening to stick to a renewal plan which would re-open some schools with new programs in September.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond was there for the vote.

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With the opening of school only weeks away, at least 63 Buffalo teachers have received layoff notices.

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The FBI is now involved in one of the long-running disputes in the Buffalo school district, the tangled case of a parent accused of forging her own signature.

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown said Friday she will seek an amicable agreement with the Board of Education for her departure from the district.

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A group of Buffalo School District parents is voicing outrage at the way the district is conducting physical examinations of their children.

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"Say Yes Buffalo" is being used as a model that other education stakeholders across the nation can use to improve college attainment rates.  Mayor Byron Brown traveled to Los Angeles to address a national conference on how "Say Yes" is working to increase the number of Buffalo students heading to college.

In the days since the death of Ralph Wilson, speculation has mounted regarding the future of the Buffalo Bills. "Everybody take a step back," says Jim Fink of Business First. On WBFO's Press Pass, Fink shares his views on what to expect for the Buffalo Bills.

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Considering the Buffalo Public School District has struggled with graduation rates hovering near 50 percent, the school board is aiming high as it seeks additional state funding to help dramatically improve those rates.

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