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There may be more drama and scheming going on off the school sports fields in Buffalo than on the fields. It is a mix of the long-running disputes beween the city school district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation and activists.

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The continuing fight over how Buffalo Public School teachers become coaches is colliding with football players at one of the city's top schools.

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The latest fight between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and Buffalo Public Schools is heating up, this time over incentives like ice cream socials to persuade kids to take state-mandated tests and threats of punishment for those who don't.

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As the fight over transferring teachers out of City Honors slow-walks through the court system, the Buffalo School Board on Wednesday was briefed on why 5.5 teachers being transferred out requires 16 teacher aides to replace them.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is crying foul over a district decision to reduce the number of teachers at City Honors.

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The head of Buffalo's teachers union says results of a study on student behavior  are "disturbing" and "distressing."   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports on the survey results and has reaction from the district.  

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation has released a new report that shows wide racial disparity among students and faculty in Erie County's charter schools and a lack of diversity among its teachers and administrators.


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The State Education Department says more than 95 percent of schools in receivership made "demonstrable improvement" in the 2016-17 school year. However, BUILD Academy in Buffalo is one of two New York schools in receivership that did not improve enough and will now be placed under an Independent Receiver.

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The Buffalo Public School system is constantly negotiating union contracts with some organization, with the recent contract with the Buffalo Teachers Federation establishing a framework. Wednesday night, the School Board heard protests from the substitutes union and a separate dispute over the parent facilitators, a relatively new position in the school system.

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Ellia has issued a ruling and order regarding start times at three Buffalo Public Schools.

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The Buffalo School Board rejected a multi-million dollar computer equipment purchase Wednesday night, rejecting assurances from Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash and some of his top aides that the proposal was above board.

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The long-time union leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation is gearing up for re-election. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Phil Rumore, who has been BTF president since 1981. 

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union says Carl Paladino has now violated an important school board rule.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says as Paladino is facing calls for his removal from the city school board,  he has now given a new reason for his dismissal. 

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It is not just students creating high absenteeism rates in Buffalo Public school classrooms. Teacher are also chronically absent.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the high numbers and impact it has on student performance. 

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Now that the Buffalo School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation resolved a lengthy contract dispute, what's next for the long-time union leader? In this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley that BTF President Phil Rumore is reviewing his options.   

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The Buffalo Board of Education emerged from executive session and approved a tentative contract deal for city school teachers in a vote of 7-2 early Monday night.  

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After 12-long years without a contract, the Buffalo Teachers Federation and city school district reached a tentative deal late Sunday night. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says two city leaders are reacting.

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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.


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Leaders of the Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation are expected to hold a conversation Tuesday.  


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Both sides remain at the table in the on-going Buffalo teachers contract dispute.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with city Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash Wednesday morning for an update.

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After a major negotiations victory, the head of the Buffalo Teachers Federation said there could be a contract in time for a mass meeting of teachers in September.

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Buffalo has a new school budget which is likely to bring another lawsuit from the Buffalo Teachers Federation.


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The Buffalo Teachers Federation and New York State United Teachers field a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Albany Tuesday against the receivership law. In November, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued a ruling that Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has the power to impose changes at five persistently struggling schools without union approval. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with both unions about the legal battle.

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The Buffalo teachers union has rejected the latest contract offer from the city school district. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.       

The Buffalo school board is proposing to the teacher's union a 10% raise. In return, teachers would pick up a significant part of the cost of their health insurance and agree to longer school days and school years.


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The Buffalo Teachers Federation may have taken a major hit Monday when the new state education commissioner backed a receivership plan for five failing city schools. The plan would allow administrators to mostly bypass union agreements.


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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is accusing the city school district of "bargaining in bad faith" for a new contract.  

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union is calling a proposed contract from the city school district 'absurd.'  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the district has issued a new contract offer to the Buffalo Teachers Federation. 

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Both sides in the long-running contract fight between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and the school board are continuing to talk about getting a contract. The last pact expired 11 years ago.


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