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The Buffalo Teachers Federation held what longtime leader Phil Rumore described as one of its largest demonstrations ever outside a Buffalo school board meeting Wednesday.


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Masten District Councilmember Ulysees Wingo will not face any charges for bringing a loaded handgun into Riverside High School last week.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he believes Common Councilmember Ulysees Wingo made an honest mistake when he brought a gun into Riverside High School last week.

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The endless fight between Buffalo's school system and the Buffalo Teachers Federation has escalated over attempts to expand the school year.


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All nine members of the Buffalo School Board are on the ballot Tuesday, four of them without opponents. It happens only every 15 years.

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A McKinley High School teacher, injured in a student assault last month, is being transferred to Leonardo da Vinci High School in Buffalo. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader of Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is crying foul.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is calling for the immediate removal of Temporary McKinley High School Principal Marck Abraham.

Pre-K and kindergarten teachers have a lot to do: teaching early literacy, numbers, interpersonal skills — and in some states, changing diapers.

While the majority of school-aged children are toilet trained by the time they get to preschool at around 4 years old, many kids aren’t, and many school districts can’t legally refuse them and their diapers. That’s now being debated in Buffalo, New York, where some teachers say the number of non-toilet trained students in their classrooms is climbing, stretching teachers and their aides thin.

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A fight between a McKinley High School teacher and a student has put the teacher out on Workers Compensation and the student facing felony charges.A

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Test score results are going to the SUNY Board of Trustees Monday, saying SUNY-chartered schools are doing better than regular public schools.

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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.

Teacher cuts at City Honors result from union complaint

Feb 8, 2018
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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is crying foul over a district decision to reduce the number of teachers at City Honors.

Many Buffalo teachers say students are 'out of control'

Jan 29, 2018
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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.

BTF leader ready for another re-election bid

Mar 13, 2017
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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. 

Press Pass: High teacher absenteeism in city schools

Dec 20, 2016
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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. 

Press Pass: What’s next for BTF leader?

Nov 15, 2016
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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.   

Buffalo School Board approves teachers contract

Oct 17, 2016
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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.  

Brown, Pridgen react to tentative teachers deal

Oct 17, 2016
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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.


Superintendent & BFT leader meeting

Oct 4, 2016
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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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