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Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash told school board members Wednesday night he doesn't expect buildings to reopen for the rest of the school year and expects the district's fiscal situation to get much worse.


Daemen College has announced that two of its Distance Education students have tested positive for Covid-19.

D'Youville College

As New York’s hospital system braces for the arrival of more COVID-19 patients, D’Youville College in Buffalo announced plans to move up graduation for students in some high-needs healthcare fields.


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The New York State United Teachers union is calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to waive federal state testing requirements this year as schools continue to close in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Kenmore West HIgh School

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District has shut down access to Kenmore West High School due to COVID-19 concerns.

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With schools closed in Buffalo and across Western New York, many districts are grappling with the immediate challenge of how to keep students fed who normally rely on meals served at school.


As SUNY and CUNY schools prepare for a move to distance learning in response to the coronavirus, local college athletes are having their athletic semesters cut short.

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The Buffalo school district is preparing for the possibility of an extended closure due to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.

Ontario is closing all of its schools for two weeks following their March break, which starts at the end of the day Friday.


Buffalo's school bus situation has apparently improved a lot since a summit in October, helped along by some hefty pay raises by First Student.

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If you see flashing yellow lights Wednesday near Delaware and Ferry or around Best and Jefferson in Buffalo and you don't slow down, you might soon see flashing red lights. The city's new school zone speed camera system is starting to issue tickets, after more than a month of testing.

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The latest development in downtown Buffalo features lofty ceilings, exposed brick and a ground floor café open to the public. That might sound like a hotel or tech start-up, but it’s actually a high school.


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The University at Buffalo announced Wednesday that it is bringing nine students home who are currently studying abroad in countries affected by the novel coronavirus.

The annual rush to the state budget is heating up, with the deadline four weeks away. That sent Buffalo schools supporters on the bus to the capital early Tuesday.

Local colleges are addressing the spread of coronavirus to countries where their students are studying abroad.

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Hispanics and Blacks make up 31 percent of New York State's population but only 13 percent of medical school applicants are Hispanic or Black. The numbers are raising concerns, says Jo Wiederhorn, President and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York. "If a physician is of the same race or ethnicity as his or her patient, health outcomes improve," said Wiederhorn in citing several studies on the subject.

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Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will lead an investigation of Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety. SU Chancellor Kent Syverrud made the announcement Monday.

SUNY

Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing an amendment to his 2021 executive state budget to establish the SUNY Curing Alzheimer’s Health Consortium.

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SUNY Empire State College is launching the Empire Opportunity Program for the 2020 academic year. The program offers financial aid and academic support to up to 60 students for classes both online and on campus in Buffalo.

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Syracuse University officials have taken a noticeably tougher stance against protests by #NotAgainSU, a group of students that says the administration hasn't done enough to address racist and anti-Semitic incidents on campus in the last few months.

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This Black History Month, a local Facebook campaign is sharing the stories of African American educators who have helped shape Buffalo’s educational system. The campaign is also raising awareness for the first-ever Excellence in Education Awards scheduled to be held in May.

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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.


National Education Association

Two of the country’s largest teachers unions announced Tuesday that they want schools to rethink student involvement in active shooter drills. They say practice lockdowns can traumatize students and may even be counter-productive. But are Western New York unions ready to walk away from lockdowns?


The College at Brockport

The College at Brockport won’t be called that beginning in July.

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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.


School Closings: Feb. 7, 2020

Feb 7, 2020

Many school districts are closed Friday, including Buffalo Public Schools. Some are closed because of weather, others because of widespread flu. Here is the latest list. It will be updated as necessary.

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Schools

Voters in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District have approved a $75 million capital project to make health, safety and security improvements to all school buildings.

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Child care advocates will gather in Albany Tuesday to call for more state funding amid a growing child care availability crisis, which a new survey found is worst for infants in Western and Central New York.


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A community meeting about the number of suspensions in Buffalo Public Schools drew dozens of parents, students and activists Thursday night. The growing coalition is calling for a ban on suspensions in pre-K through third grade, with the ultimate goal of ending all out-of-school suspensions.

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