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A student is sent to the principal’s office for bad behavior – maybe mouthing off to the teacher, cursing or disrupting class. But what’s troubling some Buffalo teachers is that those kids are getting sent back to the classroom with little or no consequences. That’s according to the Buffalo Teachers Federation, which has raised the matter with district of…

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Rakim Scales thought about being a teacher when he taught a fellow student how to draw. Lavonna Gaines was inspired by two teachers who gave her the help she needed. And Gabrielle Baldwin credits her 4-year-old sister for steering her toward a future career in teaching. “She inspires me the most,” said Gabrielle, 14, “just by the excitement on her face when …

The Western & Central New York Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society seeks high school students who are enthusiastic about volunteerism, philanthropy, community outreach and leadership for a new fundraising competition called Students of the Year. The leadership development and philanthropy program will teach students how to raise funds to invest in researc…

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A parent group wants better Metro Bus service for thousands of students in Buffalo who rely on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to get back and forth to school. The Buffalo Public Schools pay the NFTA about $8 million a year to transport some 10,200 students, but their bus passes are “highly restrictive” to certain times and routes, according to the Bu…

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Efforts to win larger stipends for University at Buffalo graduate students took on a new urgency this week, as Congress began negotiating a federal tax plan that proposes taxing students on tuition waivers. If the provision adopted by the House of Representatives stays in the tax overhaul bill, graduate students across the country will face hundreds and even thousands o…

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If a student gets a bloody nose, her teacher sends her to the nurse. But what if the student is having a mental health emergency? By the time the next school year begins in September, everyone working in the Hamburg Central School District, from the cook in the cafeteria to the custodian sweeping the floors to the superintendent in the administration building, will…

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In 27 Catholic schools across the Buffalo diocese, some 6,000 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade have been working on projects in the STREAM field. Yes, that's STREAM. To the well-known STEM education, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, Catholic schools have added religion and the arts. Sunday, students and teachers from those …

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Improved math and English language arts scores have resulted in Buffalo's Early Childhood Center School 82 being removed from the list of lowest performing schools in New York State. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said 27 schools in four districts in New York met the criteria for removal from priority school status based on their progress in 2015-16 and 201…

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Students in the Pembroke and Alexander school districts exercise less on weekends than during the school week. A lot less. The 1,800 students spread across five schools tend to exercise almost 44 percent less on Saturdays and Sundays than during the week, said Mai Nguyen (pronounced My Win), the Carol M. White PEP Grant director for the two Genesee County districts. …

A Snapchat threat made by a suspended student of Frontier Central High School prompted the district Wednesday afternoon to send an email alert to parents, said C. Douglas Whelan, interim superintendent at Frontier Central School District. The 10th-grade student threatened harm to students, staff and to the high school building located at 4432 Bayview Road on the Town …

Amherst High School is taking on cyberbullying. The high school on Friday will host the "AT&T and Siena Upstander Program," a cyberbullying prevention program that uses trained Siena College students to help educate students, teachers and school administrators. Siena College student will work with 20 student leaders from the high school and then participate in a …

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Charter schools are growing in Buffalo, but they still face two big hurdles: finding suitable space to locate and the funds to pay for it. That’s why the area’s charter schools are revving up their lobbying campaign today and pressuring the state to pony up some form of building aid, like it does for traditional public schools. At the very least, advocates are as…

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Daemen College's roots can be traced back to one building. The Rosary Hall mansion on the private college's Main Street campus in Amherst was purchased in 1948 by the Sisters of St. Francis and became the Rosary Hill College for women, now Daemen. "Everything went on there," said Michael Brogan, Daemen's vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. "T…

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Dec. 7, 1926 – Nov. 26, 2017 Georg G. Iggers, an internationally renowned historian and civil rights advocate, died Sunday in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 90. Mr. Iggers' experience of anti-Semitism as a child in Nazi Germany inspired his activism as an adult. He laid the groundwork for the desegregation of Cent…

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The University at Buffalo Foundation used an offshore fund to invest in fracking and fossil fuels, even as university officials sought to portray UB as a national leader in climate-change and sustainability research. The foundation invested through EnCap Flatrock Midstream, a venture capital firm that focuses solely on North American oil and gas extraction and productio…