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New York State Education Department

Discrimination issues haven't gone away, even in these COVID-19 days of remote work and school. That is why the New York State Division of Human Rights held an information session virtually Thursday evening.

A study released this week by Education Trust - New York shows a majority of parents surveyed have a generally positive feeling about how their children's school districts are managing through the COVID pandemic. But when it comes to remote learning? Much fewer are satisfied.

Erie County Department of Health

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is warning schools that if they don't enforce mask rules in their buildings, they are potentially in danger of being shut down.

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Some West Seneca students were closer to their classrooms Tuesday than they have been since buildings were closed for the COVID-19 lockdown. Parents and kids marched to protest an extended plan for getting classrooms re-opened.

New SUNY-wide COVID-19 testing mandate announced

Oct 27, 2020
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SUNY is requiring all on-campus students to test negative for COVID-19 within 10 days of leaving for Thanksgiving break. The State University system also "strongly recommends" all faculty and staff get tested within this same period.

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Buffalo State College's president says faculty and staff remain committed to its missions, despite the COVID pandemic and fiscal challenges straining the entire SUNY system.

Niagara Falls Schools

Niagara Falls residents get a chance Thursday evening to find out why the school system is re-opening Maple Avenue School after a COVID-19 case.

Niagara Falls City School District

The Niagara Falls City School District plans to reopen Maple Avenue Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 19, following a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the school to shut down in late September.

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Buffalo Public Schools have offered free grab-and-go meals ever since students began remote learning at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Now, combining two of the biggest trends in the culinary industry, it’s offering locally sourced meals on a new food truck. 

 

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In the last decade, Erie Community College has lost 46% of its enrollment and still hired people. Now faced with millions of dollars of deficit and holdback of millions of dollars by Albany because of COVID-19, ECC is making significant cuts in its staff, from senior management to probationary workers.

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Families with kids in Buffalo schools will soon have an opportunity to place them in safe virtual learning environments, while solving potentially child care concerns created by the pandemic.

State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita on Thursday denied the Buffalo Teachers Federation request for an injunction against the Buffalo Public Schools related to it reopenig plan.

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The long and winding road returning to the classroom in Williamsville is becoming clearer, although still long. On Wednesday, students met with Acting Superintendent John McKenna.

American Association of University Professors

The American Association of University Professors has been questioning Canisius College since the private Jesuit college cut back its staff and faculty - including some tenured faculty - over the summer to deal with the fiscal crunch of COVID-19. Saying there is a crisis in academic governance, the AAUP is now starting an investigation of seven institutions of higher education.

Sweet Home Schools

An array of student-athletes in the Sweet Home school district will be out on the practice field Saturday, after the School Board decided Monday evening to hire coaches for a group of sports.

Fredonia State

Fredonia State is ramping up its COVID-19 testing in the wake of major problems on the campus.

Williamsville Central Schools

The Williamsville Central School District, which abruptly halted its hybrid learning model and switched to a fully remote format just days into its new school year, is working out a plan which would return students to the classroom during parts of the week.

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For high school fall sports deemed "low-risk" by New York State, Monday was the first day of practice for some districts.

NYSUT

The state’s largest teachers union filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Division of Budget over more than $5 billion in state spending that’s expected to be withheld from school districts as the state grapples with an unprecedented budget crisis.

National Teachers Hall of Fame

Local teachers are getting high marks from the National Teachers Hall of Fame. The Emporia, KS-based non-profit has announced its five inductees for the Class of 2020 and two of them are from Western New York.

Orchard Park Middle School reports a coronavirus case

Sep 16, 2020
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Orchard Park Schools have notified families that "an individual" at its Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Buffalo school students are getting a break from the public library system: more open hours after school closing time.

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The Williamsville school district lurched again Thursday evening, as it ordered all middle and high school students into virtual learning, just days after the School Board put the superintendent on administrative leave. His replacement said he has a better idea.

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Around 1,300 Williamsville Central Schools students had no classwork Tuesday and won't have classwork Wednesday. Superintendent Scott Martzloff was effectively fired from his $236,000 job Monday over a rocky restart of the school year. However, the new acting superintendent said there will be a plan soon.

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The State University of New York is pushing hard against the coronavirus, with a massive increase in testing using tests newly developed by SUNY Upstate.

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The AAA of Western and Central New York is out with its annual "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign. This year, as schools reopen under a different operational model, drivers are being reminded again to look out for youngsters. And, they're being told to be vigilant, not just during the traditional school bus hours but also throughout the day.

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Tensions over how and when to safely reopen schools continue to run high, even as several Western New York school districts prepare to start classes next week. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on one group of workers that’s caught in the middle of all of it: teachers.


More harsh warnings to students, as hundreds of COVID-19 cases close down a SUNY campus for the semester.

University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education

A two-day virtual “teach-in” kicks off Thursday morning at the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education with the goal of examining the role of K-12 and higher education in building greater racial equity.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

When Buffalo Public Schools open their new yearnext week with an all-virtual model, not all students' needs may be properly addressed. That was the sentiment of several parents speaking Tuesday morning.

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