New York State students in grades 3-8 are showing some improvement in math and English test scores, according to a report issued by the State Education Department today.
Statewide, 55.1 percent of students across the state showed proficiency in English, up three percent from last year. In math, the proficiency rate was 64.8 percent, an increase of 1.5 percent from last year.
In a prepared statement, Education Commissioner John King noted that the improvements were a small, positive step, but the results still are not good enough.
Dr. Pamela Brown is now officially the new superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools. Brown was sworn in by Justice Rose Sconiers at City Hall Thursday afternoon.
Brown's three-year contract was unanimously approved Wednesday night by the school board after a court battle. An attempt by Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino to block Brown's hiring was tossed out by State Supreme Court Justice Donna Siwek late Wednesday afternoon.
Interim Buffalo School Superintendent Amber Dixon is speaking out for the first time about not being selected to lead the city school district.
Dixon tells WBFO & AM-970 News she is "disappointed" about not being selected to lead the city school district.
In a recent 7 to 2 vote, the school board recently selected Dr. Pamela Brown, a former Philadelphia school administrator. She will also become the first African-American woman to hold the permanent post.
Buffalo's Public Schools will be under the leadership of a new superintendent in the fall, with the election of Dr. Pamela Brown to head the district. The city school board voted 7-2 Wednesday night in favor of the veteran educator.
"Such a very vital position. Everyone has strong feelings. We strived to come up with a unanimous decision," said School Board President Lou Petrucci following Wednesday night's nomination and public vote at City Hall.
With a new teacher evaluation system and slight boost in graduation rates, it's been a week of positive news for the often troubled Buffalo School District.
WBFO and AM970's Jim Ranney spoke with Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon about the developments.
Developing a teacher evaluation plan has been a lengthy process for the district. Dixon says that several previous plans had been rejected by the state Education Department, but the new plan was, in essence, pre-approved by state officials.
The third and final candidate for the Buffalo Schools Superintendents' job met the press at City Hall Monday afternoon. Dr. Pamela Brown, like the other finalists, brings to the table a wealth of experience, especially, in urban education.
Brown has been a top administrator in Philadelphia, Richmond, Va, and the Charlotte-Mecklinburg district in North Carolina. She is Stanford and Harvard-educated and she received her Ph.D from Harvard.
The long and tangled fight over millions of dollars to help bail out Buffalo's six worst-performing schools may be nearing a resolution.
State Education Commissioner John King Wednesday said he will approve the latest deal between the Buffalo Teachers Federations and the school district when it is formally signed by interim Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon and BTF President Phil Rumore.
A series of prior deals was rejected by Albany or by union members. The sides have struggled for months over finding a plan that is acceptable to all interests.
The local cultural community and the school board told separate Common Council budget hearings last night they need more funding.
Led by Interim Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon, the Council was given a detailed look at deteriorating finances with cuts in state aid as costs like pensions, retiree health insurance, and teacher salaries go up.
Interim Buffalo Schools superintendent Amber Dixon was the recent guest speaker at the Coalition of Arts Providers for Children. It is a group area arts in education professionals.
The conversation with Dixon was designed to hear about the superintendent's commitment to arts in a child's life. Dixon spoke candidly in a nearly hour conversation. She was asked how the arts played a role when she was a student.
Some local children will be taking part in a new initiative designed to promote healthy living.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a grant to the Independent Health Foundation to bring the national "Soccer For Success" program to ten Buffalo Public elementary schools.
The youth development program uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity. Independent Health President and CEO Dr. Michael Cropp said the epidemic of obesity and diabetes is driving the crisis in healthcare today.