Larry Quinn

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The next few years of the Buffalo Public Schools system are being decided Tuesday and it is close to a complete mystery how it will turn out.

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Another Buffalo School Board seat has opened up. Longtime developer and former co-owner of the Buffalo Sabres says he will not run for another term.


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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A lengthy budget discussion turned into a shouting match over charter schools at Wednesday's Buffalo School Board meeting.

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The Buffalo School Board Wednesday talked about trying to change meetings so they work better and end earlier, but it turned into a couple of shouting matches.

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Buffalo Public Schools are running out of time to define a future for BUILD Academy, whose weak academic performance is impairing its prospects.

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Buffalo Public Schools are grappling with an attendance problem. Every student misses an average of 11 days of class last year and the district is trying to find out why and what can be done about it.

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At least 14 people are expressing interest in a vacant seat on the Buffalo Board of Education. Reviews and interviews will begin next week, though at least one board member won't rule out the possibility of former Park District representative Carl Paladino's reinstatement.

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Carl Paladino supporter Larry Quinn was the first to testify at Tuesday's hearing before State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. Then Paladino finally took the stand on the fourth day of his removal hearing.

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More legal bills await the Buffalo School Board in the continuing saga of Carl Paladino's role as a member of the board.

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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.

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Buffalo schools are expanding the programs for kids who don't succeed in traditional classrooms.

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Buffalo School Board member Larry Quinn says he will file a complaint against Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold for her failure to notify him of a secret meeting last Tuesday.

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To the best of the knowledge of Buffalo schools sports leaders, in 2016 three city athletes won scholarships to Division One or Division Two schools. They say the low number is the result of weak academic rules, bad facilities and a shortage of high-quality coaches.

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The Buffalo School Board moved again Wednesday for the removal of Park Board Member Carl Paladino. The Board approved the hiring of Syracuse-area lawyer Frank Miller to handle the application to the New York State Education Commissioner.

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The long-discussed issue of the Buffalo School District’s gender identity policy was voted on at Wednesday night’s meeting of the School Board, and the meeting ended in celebration.

Buffalo School Board approves teachers contract

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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.  

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The labor talks between the Buffalo school system and the Buffalo Teachers Federation are apparently making progress.

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Buffalo public schools are proposing to spend $56 million over the next three years for major upgrades of the district's computer system and providing a computer for every student.

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Buffalo schools need to cut $4 million more from a planned $856 million spending plan to make it balance.

The Buffalo school board is proposing to the teacher's union a 10% raise. In return, teachers would pick up a significant part of the cost of their health insurance and agree to longer school days and school years.

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has started major structural changes in the system. Some of the initiatives include more online education and plans for more community schools.

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Wednesday night’s meeting of the Buffalo Public School Board came with an overwhelming theme that some things needs to change. Among them: the long-looming issues of chronic absenteeism; distribution of grant funding, and the behavior and operations of the board, itself.

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Buffalo schools are putting together a plan to get students to show up more often. In some cases,  students are absent for weeks of the year.

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Buffalo is unveiling plans for four new schools to open next fall. The plans were discussed Wednesday as board members battled over what's more important, another City Honors or more attention to struggling elementary schools.

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The Buffalo school board held another tumultuous session Wednesday, highlighted by a police officer escorting a speaker out of the board room.

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New Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash says he's on a 100-day push to find weak spots in the school system and find solutions.

The Buffalo school board kept busy Wednesday night, fighting through rancor and angry disputes to pass a budget while continuing the battle over how to find a new superintendent.

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After much controversy over the selection of a new Buffalo schools superintendent School Board Member Larry Quinn says it is time to move forward.

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Even by the often-chaotic standards of Buffalo school board meetings, last night's was unusually hectic.