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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is expecting to meet the Buffalo Public Schools in court two weeks from today. The BTF says the BPS is not meeting state requirements for music education. Amidst the conflict, two Hutch Tech High School music teachers could be facing a position cut after speaking out about the issue. Retired Hutch Tech music teacher Ben Boyar and two alumni spoke about some of the challenges they faced as part of the band program.

The annual rush to the state budget is heating up, with the deadline four weeks away. That sent Buffalo schools supporters on the bus to the capital early Tuesday.

Local colleges are addressing the spread of coronavirus to countries where their students are studying abroad.

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Hispanics and Blacks make up 31 percent of New York State's population but only 13 percent of medical school applicants are Hispanic or Black. The numbers are raising concerns, says Jo Wiederhorn, President and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York. "If a physician is of the same race or ethnicity as his or her patient, health outcomes improve," said Wiederhorn in citing several studies on the subject.

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Buffalo high school students brought to life the words of a playwright who was described in his obituary as “theater’s poet of Black America” earlier this month.


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A Niagara Falls City School District employee is accused of setting the district’s maintenance garage on fire just hours after being told he was being moved to a lower-paying job.


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Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will lead an investigation of Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety. SU Chancellor Kent Syverrud made the announcement Monday.

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A St. Bonaventure University biology professor is leading a fundraising effort to help protect medical personnel in Wuhan, China, the center of the global coronavirus outbreak.

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SUNY Empire State College is launching the Empire Opportunity Program for the 2020 academic year. The program offers financial aid and academic support to up to 60 students for classes both online and on campus in Buffalo.

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Syracuse University officials have taken a noticeably tougher stance against protests by #NotAgainSU, a group of students that says the administration hasn't done enough to address racist and anti-Semitic incidents on campus in the last few months.

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This Black History Month, a local Facebook campaign is sharing the stories of African American educators who have helped shape Buffalo’s educational system. The campaign is also raising awareness for the first-ever Excellence in Education Awards scheduled to be held in May.

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Orchard Park Middle School may be closed this week for the winter holiday, but Monday night it was filled with police, firefighters, EMTs and actors playing screaming shooting victims as part of an active shooter drill.

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Niagara University canceled classes Thursday in the wake of an attack on its computer systems. Late Wednesday, IT personnel discovered the school had been hit with a ransomware attack which locked down some email servers.


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A new contract for teacher aides and assistants, out-of-school suspensions and charter school push-outs were among the major issues discussed at Wednesday’s meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education.


Educators raising concerns over active shooter drills

Feb 12, 2020
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Two of the country’s largest teachers unions announced Tuesday that they want schools to rethink student involvement in active shooter drills. They say practice lockdowns can traumatize students and may even be counter-productive. But are Western New York unions ready to walk away from lockdowns?


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The College at Brockport won’t be called that beginning in July.

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The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has notified Buffalo Public Schools that it received a complaint about the district’s disproportionate suspensions of non-white students, WBFO confirmed Friday.


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Voters in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District have approved a $75 million capital project to make health, safety and security improvements to all school buildings.

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Concerns about motorists speeding in school zones despite a recent city ordinance have prompted Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to take action.


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Buffalo State College has released results of an independent investigation into the conduct of the women's head soccer coach.

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Child care advocates will gather in Albany Tuesday to call for more state funding amid a growing child care availability crisis, which a new survey found is worst for infants in Western and Central New York.


A SUNY Geneseo student has found himself getting some national publicity over a parody account he created on Twitter.

According to Isaiah Kelly, a 20 year old SUNY Geneseo sophomore from Brighton, this all began a few weeks ago over winter break, when one of the issues the campus was having had to do with asbestos particles found in a college library.

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A community meeting about the number of suspensions in Buffalo Public Schools drew dozens of parents, students and activists Thursday night. The growing coalition is calling for a ban on suspensions in pre-K through third grade, with the ultimate goal of ending all out-of-school suspensions.

Girls Education Collaborative

The Buffalo-based nonprofit Girls Education Collaborative is launching a new fundraising effort for its partner school in Kitenga Village, Tanzania. The group hopes to raise $130,000 to build a new guest house at the school, where volunteer or medical groups from Western New York and beyond could stay while visiting the Kitenga Secondary School for Girls.

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Buffalo speeders aren't getting much sympathy from Common Council members about tickets issued and new lower school zone limits.

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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.

The Section VI Football Federation announced Monday it will delay a recent decision to return to league play—a move that would have left Buffalo teams without a league to play in.


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The Buffalo Teachers Federation released a new survey Friday that found that four out of five Buffalo teachers polled believe disruptive student behavior is leading to “unacceptable learning conditions.”

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Buffalo is joining cities like Chicago, Newark and Washington, D.C., in changing the way its public schools teach students about the legacy of slavery.


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