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The eighth floor at City Hall was crowded for a school board meeting Wednesday night as several speakers, many Hutchinson Technical High School alumni, came to voice their concerns about the state of music education in the Buffalo Public Schools. The Buffalo Teachers Federation recently announced it would be moving forward with litigation by the end of the month because it believes certain schools are not compliant with art and music state regulations. But district officials want to make it clear they support arts education.

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Music is…healing. Fun. Unifying. These were some statements made by nearly 200 students Monday night at a collaborative music concert at Kenmore East High School. Bands from Hutch Tech, Buffalo Performing Arts and Cheektowaga Central High School came together to perform and stress the importance of music education, especially in urban settings.

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Well-developed band programs are often a point of pride for suburban schools while inner-city schools, like Hutchinson Central Technical High School, don’t have band available in the schedule. Amy Steiner, Hutch-Tech’s band director, is questioning if the Buffalo Public Schools have been going against state regulations that say public schools must offer students the opportunity to begin an approved sequence in the arts in ninth grade.

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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.

Two Buffalo schools were placed in lockdown Friday after threats were made against them.

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New York State Republicans have endorsed Buffalo native Keith Wofford for the position of Attorney General.

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The Buffalo School Board Wednesday night celebrated East High School's men's basketball team winning a state championship and was praised for taking a big step toward major improvements in district athletic facilities.

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Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen says he cannot find out who will live in a building at 45 West Chippewa Street and, until he knows for sure, the building will not get a lodging house license.

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A small electrical fire forced the evacuation of Hutch Tech high school in Buffalo Thursday morning.