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The re-opening of schools in September is garnering increased attention, and Congressman Brian Higgins weighed in on the issue yesterday.

Some 25,000 parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders in area schools responded to a survey on local district websites this month about reopening schools in September.

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Parents and teachers across New York are anxious about whether schools in New York will reopen in September. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he hopes schools can reopen, but a lot can happen in the next two months that will influence his final decision.

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Saturday is the deadline for voters in the state’s school board and school budget elections to get their ballots in the mail.


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The Buffalo Public Schools district is continuing to deal with coronavirus on the fly, as things keep changing. The uncertainties are making it hard for officials to plan the future.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that all schools in New York state will be closed until the end of the academic year, while raising questions about summer school and even whether schools will reopen in the fall. 

 


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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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Schools in New York City may, or may not, be closed through the end of the academic year — we don’t know yet because Gov. Andrew Cuomo effectively nullified an announcement from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Saturday saying those facilities would remain shuttered.

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The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut made the joint decision to close all bars and restaurants in those states beginning at 8 p.m. Monday to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.


Ontario's public school teachers are planning a massive protest at the legislature Friday, as they're set to hold a joint, provincewide strike.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ready to release his state budget plan on Tuesday, and public school spending will likely once again be an area of contention, as the state faces a $6 billion budget gap.

Several local school districts are getting a failing grade for the poor way in which they communicate with the public.  


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Buffalo will get 20 speed cameras to be used around schools from the time students start heading to class until they head home, and later for school events. Common Council members have some ideas about which schools should get the cameras.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the New York State Education Department to investigate accusations that staff members at East Middle School in Binghamton strip searched four African American girls in mid-January. In a press release, his office called the allegations “deeply disturbing and raise serious concerns of racial and gender bias.”

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An increasing problem with safety for students in Buffalo is starting to bring reaction in official circles. The difficulty is that there are so many problems to deal with and so many agencies involved.

The start of a new school year has schools superintendents across the region paying extra attention to security procedures.

New York State is strengthening its law requiring school bus drivers to submit to random drug and alcohol screening.

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A new state law is taking effect in New York that requires schools to teach mental health to students in elementary, middle and high school.

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Buffalo's Common Council has to have its amended version of Mayor Byron Brown's budget back on his desk Tuesday. Council President Darius Pridgen says it is likely to be noticeably different from the original.

It is school district budget voting Tuesday across New York State, with a range of spending proposals, school board candidates and capital budget proposals being put to the voters for their approval.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz took his study recommending some school district mergers to save on management costs to North Collins Monday night, suggesting merging Eden and North Collins.

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State lawmakers will make it home for Easter as a new budget was passed late last night.

State lawmakers started passing budget bills late Thursday night into Friday morning, even though some major issues related to the spending plan are still not resolved. They need to finish by mid-day Friday so legislators and staff can get home for the Passover and Easter holidays.

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Linda Brown, who as a schoolgirl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that rejected racial segregation in American schools, died in Topeka, Kan., Sunday afternoon. She was 76.

Her sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, confirmed the death to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Buffalo Public Schools

The Buffalo School Board is trying to fire the principal of Discovery School 67, but supporters turned out in large numbers Wednesday night to fight the decision.

Lockport City School District

A 13-year-old has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, in connection with a threat against North Park Junior High School last week.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the county is doing pretty well: jobs are up and county agencies are showing how well they can help members of the public. However, delivering his annual State of the County address Thursday, he said more needs to be done.

After Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a "harder target" — for example, by arming teachers. But there's a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn't point to more guns.

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Special license plates to raise money for armed guards in schools are part of a package of legislation passed by the Republican-controlled New York State Senate.

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With pressure from President Trump for teachers to be armed in the wake of the school massacre in Florida, there is also increasing pressure for armed college professors with the dorm shootings at Central Michigan University.

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