For hundreds of Buffalo students attending the city's International School, Tuesday was the first day to get a hands-on feel for their school.
"The top five languages spoken here are Burmese, Karen, Arabic, Somali and Mai-Mai," said Principal Nadia Nashir.
Nashir is the children of Yemeni parents who came here 40 years ago unable to read or write English or Arabic, and unable to help their daughter with her homework. But the principal of a school where 37 languages are spoken says her parents made her show up every day, do her homework, and organize her life.
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.
Former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino wants to stall the appointment of Pamela Brown as Buffalo schools superintendent.
Paladino is due in State Supreme Court tomorrow in his fight to open up the closed-door executive sessions used to select the new superintendent.
The board is still holding closed meetings to talk about details of the proposed pact, with lawyers from both sides bargaining the contract under which Brown would work, from pay to evaluation provisions.
The school board is slated to approve Brown's contract at a late-afternoon meeting tomorrow.
Late Friday afternoon, members of Buffalo's Board of Education responded to accusations from Buffalo developer Carl Paladino asserting the board violated the state's open meetings law by convening in closed-door executive sessions when it chose Dr. Pamela Brown to be the district's new superintendent.
Paladino, a frequent critic of the board, has filed papers in State Supreme Court seeking to block Brown's hiring, as well as her transitional contract that pays her a consulting fee of $800 a day.
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.
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.