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Buffalo's Board of Education appointed former Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Donald Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent in a contentious board meeting Wednesday evening. 

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As Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown negotiates a buyout from her post, the focus now turns to finding a successor.

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With Buffalo Public Schools on a path to spend $940 million in the next year, Buffalo Common Council members on Thursday questioned administrators over how that money will be spent.

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Results of the Buffalo School Board election point to a potential shift in power and end to a racial divide. Many in the community are speculating that it could mean the ouster of city schools Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with an associate professor of education at Daemen College as part of our Focus on Education reporting.  Dr. Bruce Shields has studied in the area of school superintendents and school board relationships and lends his expertise. 

State report card shows progress in city schools

May 2, 2014
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The Buffalo Public School District released its report card from the State Education Department Friday and the head of the district says it reflects a path to success.

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Buffalo school officials need to get back to the drawing board after the state Education Department rejected plans to transform Bennett High School into a science and technology school.

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Superintendent Pamela Brown says there was "nothing underhanded" about the hiring of Mary Guinn, Buffalo's new interim deputy schools superintendent.

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The man arrested for carrying a loaded gun in Harvey Austin School Thursday had "no ill intent," according Buffalo Schools Police Chief Kevin Brinkworth.

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Harvey Austin School on Sycamore Avenue was in lockdown late Thursday afternoon following a report of an individual with a gun near or on the school grounds. Some children were there at the time as part of an after-school program.

Community groups joined with Buffalo Public Schools officials and elected leaders Friday to back Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan for universal pre-kindergarten in New York.

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Superintendent Pamela Brown says there are some "tough decisions" to be made about Buffalo's public schools because the district has a large budget hole to fill.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown took the oath of office for his third term in a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning at City Hall. During his inaugural address, Brown said his priorities for the next four years include greater visibility in assisting Buffalo's struggling public schools.

Superintendent Brown says she won't accept buyout

Dec 31, 2013
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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown says she will not accept a reported $500,000 buyout offer to vacate her post as the leader of the city school district.

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State Education Commissioner John King says he is disappointed there hasn't been more progress on a transfer plan for all Buffalo Public Schools students, as required by federal law.

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A month-long campaign stressing the importance of attendance is underway in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Pinnacle to stay open as a public school

Aug 29, 2013
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Pinnacle Charter School will remain open for this academic year as a Buffalo public school.

The vast majority of the 2,200 Buffalo Public Schools students who have requested a transfer from a low-performing school to a school in good standing are being denied.

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After hours of a Buffalo school board meeting last night, Pamela Brown is still schools superintendent and Carl Paladino made his presence known.

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This afternoon, Carl Paladino goes to his first full meeting of the Buffalo school board as a member and he's bringing a thick stack of paperwork outlining changes he wants to make.

Buffalo School Board ready for reorganization

Jul 1, 2013
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The Buffalo Board of Education gets some new leadership Monday afternoon as it holds its reorganization.

The Buffalo school board gave Superintendent Pamela Brown a good grade for her first year, but the evaluation was not released to the public.

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A review is underway to determine why the Buffalo Public Schools graduation rate is now among the lowest in the state.

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The Buffalo Public Schools District has once again experienced a drop in its graduation rate.

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The day after a school board election and a few days before a Buffalo Teachers Federation election, Wednesday night's school board meeting was, at times, tense with politics front and center.

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The City of Buffalo puts more than $70 million into the school system every year and this year it's contributing a little more to put staffers to work ensuring that kids show up.

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The Buffalo School District plans to scrap its memorandum of understanding on teacher evaluations. In a written statement, Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown says the State Education Department determined the MOU between the district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation is void.

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Vowing to do more with less, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown says she is reorganizing the district, starting at the top.

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Superintendent Pamela Brown announced the release of the Buffalo Public Schools progress report at a news conference on Friday.

Union and district officials have come to an agreement on an evaluation plan for Buffalo school teachers.

Gov. Cuomo, others comment on school shooting

Dec 14, 2012
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Governor Cuomo has issued a written statement Friday regarding the deadly shooting at an elementary school is Connecticut.