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It's been quieter this year in the lead-up to New York State English language arts assessments, which begin this week. It seems the lines have not moved much since more than 200,000 students around the state refused to take the standardized test last year. "Opting out" started in spring 2012, when small numbers of children in school districts in pockets around the state…

Enterprise Charter School will hold its student placement lottery for the upcoming school year at 11 a.m. Monday April 3. The lottery, which will take place at the school at 275 Oak S., will be for students entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Incoming kindergartners from the Buffalo School District must be 5 years old by Dec. 31 to be eligible for enrollment. Th…

Good news, Orchard Park Central students: The School Board has saved the April break. But because the school district called more snow days than it had allotted this  year, there are a few tweaks to the schedule. The district put three snow/emergency closing days into this year's calendar, but school was closed four days for snow and emergencies, and South Davis Ele…

The North Tonawanda School Board is considering cutting six teachers and an administrator and raising taxes by 1.48 percent after it rejected creating a 3 percent utility tax to balance its budget. The utility tax on cellphone bills and gas and electric bills for residents and businesses in the North Tonawanda zip code had been discussed by the board for the past few m…

Programs that serve the Williamsville Central School District's "most vulnerable students" would be at risk if the district loses any of its $4 million in federal aid, officials said this week. The Trump administration proposes cutting $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department’s budget, the Washington Post reported last week. That could mean …

It was about an hour and a half into what would be an otherwise routine meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night, when four people stood up in the council chambers of City Hall to lead a protest calling for the removal of School Board member Carl Paladino. "All in favor of the removal of Carl Paladino from the board say, 'Aye!'" they said. "Aye!" cam…

State University of New York auditors expect to have a highly anticipated audit of the University at Buffalo Foundation completed in May or June. "We've finished the field work. We've had preliminary discussions with both the campus and the foundation and we're in the process of writing our preliminary findings," said Michael Abbott, university auditor for SUNY. Abbo…

Orchard Park Central School Board members are looking at returning guidelines for class sizes to levels last seen in 2008-09 school year. For some grades, that means a reduction of as many as three pupils, but the change is just on paper, and no change in staffing is anticipated. Superintendent Matthew McGarrity said the number of children in classes in kindergarten thr…

The State Education Department has designated tens of millions of dollars over the next five years to fund local programs serving students in high-poverty and low-performing schools. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's unclear just how much of that federal money schools and agencies will actually see beyond the first year. President Trump's budget elimi…

LOCKPORT - A $50,000 grant from a Milwaukee foundation could help as many as 25 schools in Western New York start robotics teams. The grant from the Argosy Foundation, announced Monday at Lockport High School, will be made available to schools in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Lockport's robotics team will take part in the regional cham…

Nardin Academy has appointed a former Western New Yorker and a graduate of Clarence High School as its new high school principal. Adrienne Forgette will start the job July 1. “I wholeheartedly believe in dedicating my life to the empowerment of girls and will work tirelessly to make Nardin a model for Catholic education,” Forgette said in a statement. Forgett…

A first-grade classroom at Grand Island's Charlotte Sidway Elementary has been transformed into a "multi-sensory learning space," a design which encourages a variety of learning styles – including fidgeting. The classroom includes wobble seats, ball and cube chairs, rugs, a couch, standing desks, balance boards, and low tables which allow a child to sit on the floor o…

Niagara Falls and Hamburg school districts can't raise taxes this year without at least 60 percent of voters giving the OK. Both districts have what is known as a "negative tax cap," where according to the state tax cap legislation formula, they must lower their tax levy in order to have their budgets pass with a simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote. They are …

MIDDLEPORT - Two softball fields on the Royalton-Hartland Central School campus will be excavated, starting in May, in the latest phase of the removal of arsenic from the soil in  Middleport. The source of the arsenic is the FMC Corp. agricultural chemical plant, which has been using arsenic as an ingredient in its products for decades. The southernmost of the …

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board meeting planned for Tuesday has been rescheduled to next week Tuesday, March 21, due to the related school closing/snow day. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Philip Sheridan Building Community Room, 3200 Elmwood Ave. A tentative agenda has been posted on the school website.