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St. Bonaventure president dies of COVID-19 at age 62

Mar 1, 2021
St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure University on Monday announced the overnight death of its president, Dennis DePerro, due to complications from COVID-19. He was 62.

“Words simply can’t convey the level of devastation our campus community feels right now,” said Joseph Zimmer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, who was named acting president late last month while DePerro. “I know when people die it’s become cliché to say things like, ‘He was a great leader, but an even better human being,’ and yet, that’s the absolute truth with Dennis. We are heartbroken.”

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras on Monday announced the elimination of SUNY application fees for high school seniors from low-income households and made it easier to receive.

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Parent advocates of the group WNY Students First gathered outside of the Rath building Sunday afternoon calling for schools to fully reopen.

  

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 A Buffalo -based watchdog group says that in a sample of school boards across the state, two thirds of them didn't use the right reasons when shutting the doors during public meetings and going into executive session.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, continuing his push to win several billion dollars in aid in the next federal COVID-19 relief package, wrote a letter to New York’s congressional delegation, saying the funding is “paramount” to the state’s recovery.

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Thousands of Buffalo Public Schools students return to their buildings Monday morning, after months of studying in front of a computer screen. For some, there are many sides to the issue of in-person education.

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Some Buffalo Public Schools students will be returning to the classroom in a couple weeks, the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started nearly a year ago.

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New York's high school graduation rate has improved slightly following the shift to remote learning and cancellation of Regents exams.

Frontier Central Schools

The Frontier Central School Board on Tuesday selected C. Douglas Whelan as its interim superintendent, replacing Acting Superintendent Colleen Duggan.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed one of the country’s first statewide restrictions on the use of all biometric identifying technology in schools into law Tuesday.

An investigative report released earlier this year by the Gow School, a southern Erie County boarding school for students with dyslexia, found accusations of sexual abuse there in the 1990s, but no evidence of failure to act by the school’s administrators. Three lawsuits, however, allege the school failed to protect its students.

 

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A new educational initiative of the Buffalo Jewish Federation is facilitating conversations between Jewish teenagers and their non-Jewish high school peers in an effort to promote understanding and fight anti-Semitism.


Frontier Central Schools and superintendent cut ties

Dec 16, 2020
Frontier Central Schools

After three years as superintendent of Frontier Central Schools, Richard Hughes is moving on -- effective immediately.

James Malatras says he is "on a good path of getting a lot of good things done," but he gives himself a grade of "Incomplete" as he approaches the end of his first semester as SUNY chancellor.

Buffalo Public Schools

The Buffalo Board of Education approved a phased-in return to in-person instruction starting Feb. 1 during a work session meeting Wednesday night. The plan calls for the district’s youngest learners (pre-K through Second Grade) to return to classrooms first, along with students with special education needs and multilingual learners.

Collin Lacki
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The State University of New York formed a new committee this fall in an effort to become more “student-centric.” WBFO’s Kyle Mackie spoke to Collin Lacki, one of the new student representatives from Western New York, who said he plans to fight for accessibility issues on SUNY campuses.

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Buffalo School Board members spent more than five hours in executive session Tuesday evening, talking about extending the contract of Superintendent Kriner Cash. They then rushed out and unanimously approved a renewal.

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From Buffalo to Stony Brook and New Paltz to Plattsburgh, the State University of New York system has spent the last 10 days before Thanksgiving testing all students using any on-campus facilities this semester for COVID-19. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on the all-hands-on-deck effort aimed at controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus this holiday season.


In the words of a Buffalo School Board member Wednesday evening, the board again kicked down the road the future of Kriner Cash as school superintendent, as the board spent more than 1 1/2 hours debating whether to talk about his contract.

East Aurora Schools going to remote-only learning

Nov 17, 2020
East Aurora Schools

East Aurora Schools are going remote-only for two weeks, beginning Monday. In a letter to families, Superintendent Brian Russ says the current plan is to resume hybrid learning on Dec. 7.

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It’s been a difficult school year for students, with many unable to attend classes in person or play sports due to COVID-19. Another experience many are missing out on is field trips. That’s why a new partnership is trying to help Buffalo and Niagara Falls students visit local educational, art and cultural centers virtually. 

 


 

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The State University of New York is requiring every student to be tested for COVID-19 before they leave for Thanksgiving and tested again when they want to come back on campus for the spring semester. What happens when students are in class after Thanksgiving?

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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