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Much like Buffalo and cities around the country, the financial state of Buffalo Public Schools has been thrown into question by the coronavirus pandemic—yet budgeting must continue. District officials presented a draft budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year to the Common Council Wednesday even as further state cuts loom ahead.

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State funding for schools in New York could be slashed by nearly 50% if the federal government doesn’t send billions of dollars in aid for the state’s efforts in responding to COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Sunday.

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The Niagara Falls City School District is launching a campaign to secure corporate sponsorships for its athletic and performing arts facilities. The first secured sponsorship renames the high school football stadium for the late Arthur “Art” Calandrelli.

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Eighteen area school districts were awarded state funding for technology upgrades on Monday, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The state Education Department has announced it made an error in the distribution of some federal funding that favored the state’s charter schools over public schools.

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Again this year, it looks as if state aid for schools will be the major source of problems in buttoning down a state budget by the end of the week when the current budget expires.

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Eight years after the stock market crash and the start of the Great Recession, the State’s Senate Leader say it’s time to get rid of a law that limits funding to some schools. The measure was created when the state had a $10-billion-dollar budget deficit, now, the state is running  surpluses.

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Parents, citizens and local officials gathered in Buffalo Wednesday to demand that New York State provide more funding for public schools. The #WeCantWait social media campaign urges the state to comply with court ordered funding through the Campaign for Fiscal Equality.

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A lawsuit is claiming the funding formula for charter schools in New York State is unconstitutional.  The suit was filed in State Supreme Court in Erie County.  It claims charter students receive only three-fifths of what school district students receive. 

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he is cutting taxes, raising spending, and pushing residential construction in the city in the 2014-2015 budget he unveiled Thursday. The mayor says the city is on a roll and he wants to continue that.

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The deadline for the state budget is approaching and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates said Monday they have gathered evidence for potentially another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.

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Local parents, students, and community members say Governor Cuomo’s proposed increase in school aid isn’t enough. The group gathered at Citizen Action of New York and Alliance for Quality Education headquarters in Buffalo Wednesday to discuss their concerns with the plan.

Education advocates say Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to increase school aid 4.4 percent in the next fiscal year falls short of what is needed.

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Buffalo schools' fiscal problems have been well documented, but it's becoming apparent several area districts are experiencing similar difficulties.

With continuing cuts in state school aid part of the pattern of education in New York, districts are explaining the effects.

Many spoke to Governor Cuomo's Education Reform Commission which is holding meetings across the state and seeking some solutions. During a session last week, members heard stories of building closings, staff cuts, program cuts, even cuts in the number of class periods a day.