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At the start of the school year, Lynn Shanahan went from University at Buffalo professor to the front lines of public education. By the end, she had learned some valuable lessons - about what teachers are being taught, what it's really like in urban schools and how she'll prepare her graduate students before they head into   classrooms. Her lessons learned came duri…

ALBANY – State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is no stranger to the antics of the Buffalo School Board, and in her brief time as New York State's top educator has already conveyed she does not intend to tolerate any of its nonsense. That's especially true on her own turf, where Buffalo School Board members descended Thursday and Friday for the start of the unpr…

ALBANY - The influence of the teachers union in the politics of Buffalo Public Schools emerged as a main theme in the second day of testimony in the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from the Board of Education. Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore testified, and Paladino's attorneys pressed him on his role in the May 2016 school board races and whether …

When the Rev. Vincent M. Cooke became the 23rd president of Canisius College in 1993, it was primarily a commuter college clustered around Christ the King Chapel on its central quadrangle. In 2010, when he retired, it had become a comprehensive private university, the area’s largest, and had expanded through 24 major projects, including eight residence halls for out-o…

The petition to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected Buffalo School Board position argues that he violated board policy when he disclosed confidential information discussed in executive session. The board members seeking his removal argue that disclosure interferes with their ability to conduct business. Paladino's main defense at a hearing in Albany before stat…

Key developments in effort to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position on the Buffalo Board of Education: Dec. 22: Paladino sends an e-mail to School Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold about an issue discussed in executive session and copies members of the media. The petition to remove him from the school board cites this as the first instance in which he …

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore is testifying during today's continuation of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position on the Buffalo School Board. Rumore follows a brutal interrogation of School Board President Barbara Nevergold on Monday at the hearing in Albany, during which Paladino's team of attorneys covered a litany of i…

The unprecedented hearing before New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is to decide whether Carl P. Paladino should be removed from his elected position. But during the first day of testimony Thursday, it was those seeking his removal who were on the hot seat – specifically School Board President Barbara A. Seals Nevergold, a longtime Paladino nemesis. …

March 9, 1920 – June 20, 2017 The rise of a concerned parent activist to a seat on the Buffalo Board of Education is not a new phenomenon. The path was paved by Mollie Milch in the 1950s, at a time when it was unusual for women to take prominent roles in community affairs. Mrs. Milch died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. She was 97.…

The hearing before State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia regarding the removal of Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo School Board was supposed to be about Paladino, but for most of Thursday, it was the school board president, Barbara Seals Nevergold, who was in the hot seat. Throughout five hours of testimony, Nevergold was grilled about whether she convened improp…

Protesters have dogged Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino ever since his racist comments about then-President Barack Obama and his wife were published in December. But Thursday morning, when State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia commenced an unprecedented hearing in Albany to determine if Paladino should be kicked off the School Board, there were no protest…

Hamburg Central maintenance and clerical workers and the school district have agreed to contracts with annual pay increases of 2.5 percent. The three-year pact with the 57-member Local 200, Service Employees International Union, which represents maintenance workers, also addresses the use of personal time and vacation scheduling. It provides two additional days of berea…

A hearing to determine if Carl P. Paladino will be removed from the Buffalo School Board is underway in Albany. [See photos from the hearing] Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes, who will be one of only 15 to 20 spectators in the unprecedented hearing before state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, is covering  the event. You can see her tweets below …

The Buffalo School Board is now in the spotlight, with today's start of an unprecedented hearing to have Carl P. Paladino removed from his seat garnering interest across the state and nation. http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/22/live-coverage-hearing-move-kick-carl-paladino-off-buffalo-school-board/ It is what some call a first of its kind hearing during which the …