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Buffalo’s public school students are very aware of the societal problems around them and the racial tensions surrounding the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. A selected panel of students had a chance to talk about those issues Thursday.

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Even with what Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash called "mind-boggling" levels of COVID-19 in some parts of Buffalo, city schools will continue to bring more students back to classes in the buildings Monday.

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Buffalo Public Schools are in the final stages of preparing a budget for next year to go to the School Board, possibly on Wednesday. For most recent years, it was a spending plan built around not enough money for too many needs, despite the best efforts of the school system. This year is much different.

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Buffalo Public Schools will try again to bring 5,000 students back to the classroom Monday, after a year of virtual school. They were supposed to be back this week, but a ransomware attack on the district's computer system stopped that.

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The ransomware attack on Buffalo schools is continuing to interfere with school operations and efforts to expand the number of kids in buildings.

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Thousands of Buffalo Public Schools students were slated to return to their buildings Monday morning, some for the first time in their high schools. However, that didn't happen, with a ransomware attack shutting down district technology.

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Cohorts of younger students, special needs students, and high school seniors returned to classrooms for the first time in nearly a year Monday, as the Buffalo Public School District resumed in-person learning. Meanwhile, a judge blocked a temporary restraining order sought to halt reopening amid concerns for safety.

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Thousands of Buffalo Public Schools students return to their buildings Monday morning, after months of studying in front of a computer screen. For some, there are many sides to the issue of in-person education.

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Some Buffalo Public Schools students will be returning to the classroom in a couple weeks, the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started nearly a year ago.

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New York's high school graduation rate has improved slightly following the shift to remote learning and cancellation of Regents exams.

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Buffalo Public Schools is unveiling a new curriculum focused on elevating the achievements and histories of marginalized peoples in an effort to address systemic racism in education.


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The Buffalo Board of Education approved a phased-in return to in-person instruction starting Feb. 1 during a work session meeting Wednesday night. The plan calls for the district’s youngest learners (pre-K through Second Grade) to return to classrooms first, along with students with special education needs and multilingual learners.

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Buffalo School Board members spent more than five hours in executive session Tuesday evening, talking about extending the contract of Superintendent Kriner Cash. They then rushed out and unanimously approved a renewal.

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It’s been a difficult school year for students, with many unable to attend classes in person or play sports due to COVID-19. Another experience many are missing out on is field trips. That’s why a new partnership is trying to help Buffalo and Niagara Falls students visit local educational, art and cultural centers virtually. 

 


 

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Buffalo Public Schools have offered free grab-and-go meals ever since students began remote learning at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Now, combining two of the biggest trends in the culinary industry, it’s offering locally sourced meals on a new food truck. 

 

State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita on Thursday denied the Buffalo Teachers Federation request for an injunction against the Buffalo Public Schools related to it reopenig plan.

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For high school fall sports deemed "low-risk" by New York State, Monday was the first day of practice for some districts.

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Tensions over how and when to safely reopen schools continue to run high, even as several Western New York school districts prepare to start classes next week. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on one group of workers that’s caught in the middle of all of it: teachers.


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When Buffalo Public Schools open their new yearnext week with an all-virtual model, not all students' needs may be properly addressed. That was the sentiment of several parents speaking Tuesday morning.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation requested an emergency injunction from the state supreme court Monday that would prevent Buffalo Public Schools from requiring teachers to report to school buildings at least two days per week this fall, if secured.


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Buffalo Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash described the district’s decision to start the coming school year remotely on Thursday as “inclusive, systematic and thoughtful.” Buffalo parent leaders, however, said that’s not exactly the full story.


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Buffalo School Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash says the decision Wednesday night by school board members to open the new year with an all-remote format was "extraordinary, inclusive, systematic and thoughtful." He and school board members stood outside City Hall Thursday morning to further explain the decision and field questions about other preparations.

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Buffalo Public Schools will join dozens of other city school districts like Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia in starting the 2020-2021 school year fully remotely. The Buffalo school board unanimously approved the proposal from Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash during a virtual meeting Wednesday night.

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There were a lot of angry teachers and some parents in front of their computers Tuesday, as the Buffalo Public Schools' reopening plan to delay classes into October crashed and burned in Albany.

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In a nearly hour-long interview with WBFO Wednesday, Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools Dr. Kriner Cash spoke about the district’s reopening plans and why he doesn’t feel comfortable with a full in-person return to school buildings this fall.


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Buffalo Public Schools are about a month away from opening for the new year and even that's not definite. Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash told an online public meeting Monday night there are a lot of "ifs" and "buts" in the future.

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Teachers and community leaders gathered Wednesday afternoon at Broderick Park to discuss the best way educators could help achieve racial and social justice. Their solution? They want to form a caucus inside the Buffalo Teachers Federation.


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Parent leaders and the Buffalo Teachers Federation are criticizing Buffalo Public Schools for a lack of transparency and community feedback in the district’s process of developing reopening plans for this fall. The district posted a “working draft” plan on its website Friday night and has said “it’s not done until it’s done.”


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Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore is calling for the removal of the city school administrators in charge of the district's "reopening committee."

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School districts across New York are supposed to send Albany their plans for starting school in the time of COVID-19 by Friday, but Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore says that is way too soon.

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