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The Buffalo Public School District has been grappling with languages issues for decades, with difficulties increasing in the era of high-stakes testing and immigration from the far corners of the world.

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Buffalo Board of Education members were told Wednesday there will be an attempt to unseat those seeking another term. They were also told the proposed state budget does little for the continuing fiscal problem. 

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Education advocates say Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to increase school aid 4.4 percent in the next fiscal year falls short of what is needed.

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Niagara University President Rev. Joseph Levesque announced Tuesday he will be stepping down.

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Two catholic elementary schools in south Buffalo will be closing and merging into one large campus next school year.

Uncertainty and anger among Buffalo Teachers Federation leaders has stalled approval of a teacher evaluation agreement signed off on Thursday in Albany.

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The long struggle over evaluating teachers in Buffalo may be over for this year, with Albany approving the plan bargained between city schools and the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

Union and district officials have come to an agreement on an evaluation plan for Buffalo school teachers.

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Buffalo school board members will find out this week how bad is the fiscal picture for the rest of this and next year.  Meanwhile, they have to decide on a potential cost-saver, merging Early Middle College High School and International Prep.

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Some Kenmore East High School students completed a portrait of a 14-year-old Pakistan teen seriously wounded by the Taliban for standing up for freedom. 

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A suburban school district is caught between two national groups on opposite sides of the centuries-long fight over the separation of church and state.

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The leader of the Buffalo's teachers union says there are some flaws in school security at some public schools in the city.  Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore has learned that some classroom doors don't lock.


A agreement on the teacher transfer issue was reached late Friday during a meeting between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown. 

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An 18-year-old student was arrested and charged Thursday with making a terrorist threat against a Buffalo public high school.

The University at Buffalo is continuing to move up on the affordability index from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, making the university a better financial deal in fiscal hard times.

Buffalo schools are again grappling with the issues of student conduct and suspensions.  A discussion of the proposed code of conduct was held at McKinley High School Tuesday night, the first in a series of public meetings on the plan.

The Buffalo School District says it is being vigilant in its response to Friday's mass shooting in Connecticut.

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The Educate NY Now Express made more than 25 stops across the state to highlight the looming fiscal crisis in education.  The Alliance for Quality Education organized the bus tour to the state Capitol to lobby for a "sound, basic" education. 

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One of the world's oldest boarding schools is in our own back yard  -- the Gow School in South Wales.  It provides special teaching methods for boys in 7th through 12th grade who suffer with dyslexia and language-based learning difficulties. 

Buffalo schools are using writing and photography to help some students with their work, especially those who are learning English as a second language.

After ten years of educating children on Buffalo's East Side, the Community Charter School is facing an uncertain future.

The Say Yes to Education program turns into bricks and mortar today, with the opening of The College Success Center in Bennett High School.

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Buffalo school officials say 30-day layoff notices may go out as early as December 17, as the fight with the Buffalo Teachers Federation escalates.

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Saint Bonaventure University has announced the death of its 15th president, Father Reginald Redlon.

  

Father Reginald, as he was known, died Wednesday (November 7, 2012) at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, New Jersey at the age of 90. He served as Bona president from 1967 to 1972, a time of social and religious upheaval.

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The Board of Trustees of Daemen College in Snyder has chosen a new president for the school.

Dr. Gary A. Olson will begin his term in the new year. His latest position before Daemen was as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

From 2004 to 2009 he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University, where he oversaw execution of a five-year strategic plan. For two decades before that, Dr. Olson was an administrator in the University of South Florida.

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Reports prepared for Say Yes to Education say Buffalo has a school system where very little is done right.

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A massive project is being launched to provide each of the 34,000 students in the Buffalo Public Schools with a free new book. 

The Buffalo school board will have six districts on the ballot in May and incumbents and possible challengers may soon know what the district boundaries will be.

A redistricting advisory committee is holding a series of public meetings to show potential districts for next year.

The plan is to have districts approved December 12 so that the Erie County Board of Elections can prepare for circulating petitions in February.

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The continuing struggle between Buffalo schools and the Buffalo Teachers Federation heated up again last night, with talk of layoffs and cuts because of potential cuts in state funding.

After the months spent in the last school year in a fight over teacher evaluations, the district stands to lose nearly $59 million in this year's fight over evaluations.  

State audit finds fiscal abuse at SUNY foundation

Oct 22, 2012

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says an audit has revealed several abuses at the State University of New York Research Foundation. 

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