buffalo school suspensions

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A new contract for teacher aides and assistants, out-of-school suspensions and charter school push-outs were among the major issues discussed at Wednesday’s meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education.

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The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has notified Buffalo Public Schools that it received a complaint about the district’s disproportionate suspensions of non-white students, WBFO confirmed Friday.

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New York State Regent Catherine Collins, who represents the Western New York region, is calling for more intervention to help districts better handle suspensions of black students. A statewide report on student suspensions was issued earlier this week. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Collins is calling it a "critical area" of concern. 

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Black students at Buffalo Public Schools are twice as likely to be suspended as white students. That is according to results of a new report issued Monday by The New York Equity Coalition.  Niagara Falls City School rates also have high rates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction from both districts.

Buffalo is making progress in cutting student suspensions but a statewide advocacy group says more needs to be done.

The district is trying to get away from suspensions for non-violent behavior.

Associate Superintendent Will Keresztes says suspensions are down over each of the last two years but African-American males are still suspended in numbers above their ranks in the school system.

He says schools are trying to do more within the buildings to cut suspensions.