Those leading the push to have Carl P. Paladino removed from the Buffalo School Board have a message for elected officials across the region. "This coalition will examine closely those who are with us and those who stand with racism," said the Rev. George Nicholas of the Concerned Clergy Coalition during a rally on Monday. "They must stand with us today in asking for th…

LEWISTON - Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will present the keynote address Jan. 31 during Niagara University's annual celebration of her father's life and work. Bernice King is the CEO of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Her speech is set for 5 p.m. in the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara campus. "Dr. Ki…

This year will be pivotal for the future of the superintendent in the area’s largest suburban school district. Scott G. Martzloff is in his sixth year as superintendent at Williamsville Central Schools, and there are signs that could make any chief executive nervous: The feud between him and the Williamsville Teachers Association shows no signs of letting up, and n…

An attorney hired to file a formal petition for Carl Paladino’s removal from the Buffalo Board of Education said he will provide his legal opinion and recommendations to the board for a possible vote next week. Frank W. Miller, an attorney from the Syracuse area, said he has finished reviewing the case since being hired by the board last week, although Miller would no…

Erie Community College students returning to classes from winter break Tuesday will certainly notice the $4 million addition to Bretschger Hall on the North Campus in Amherst. The addition, completed after two years of construction, is everything the rest of the campus is not: sleek, modern and ultra clean. It is outfitted with the kind of state-of-the-art equipment usu…

The King Center Charter School will host a city-wide think tank for Buffalo students interested in learning more about historically black colleges and universities. The goal of the Feb. 4 workshop is to present the black colleges and universities as options and  help families and students navigate the college admissions process. "At King Center, our motto is: The road…

Student athletes in the Buffalo Public Schools often practice and compete in facilities lacking locker rooms, equipment and showers. Their coaches are hired based on teaching seniority, not experience in the sport. And because the district does not always enforce its academic eligibility rules, some talented athletes leave high school lacking the skills they need to ge…

After six homicides in the first 10 days of 2017, there's no denying violence is a problem in parts of Buffalo. School leaders have a growing concern how violence in the community affects students. "These children are living with this 24-7," said School Board Member Sharon Belton-Cottman. "A lot of it spills back into our schools from what is happening in the city. …

A judge has ordered New York State to disburse millions of dollars it was withholding for nine struggling public schools, including three in Buffalo. Acting State Supreme Court Justice Kimberly A. O’Connor issued the decision in Albany  after a group of parents sued the state’s Division of Budget to release the roughly $13 million. The three Buffalo schools – …

A national education organization has joined the chorus of local and state voices calling for the removal of Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo School Board. In a statement sent to Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, the Council of the Great City Schools condemned Paladino's remarks about President and First Lady Obama, saying they set an example of intolerance for st…

Students at Burgard High School gathered Thursday for a morning lesson that could one day save their life. “How many people here have been stopped by the police?” asked Yvette Strong, as she stood at the front of the auditorium. A hand went up from nearly every student – most of them males, most African-American. “Although it may be very annoying, it’s …

You can’t blame Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a "free college" tuition initiative that sounds like a liberal’s dream but is actually a lot less progressive than it seems. Any rational politician would do the same thing if he wanted to win re-election in a state like New York or still had hopes of galvanizing a progressive coalition for a White House bid. Cuomo is pushing a p…

After members of the largest suburban district in Western New York raised concerns in November about continuing membership in the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), the Williamsville Central School Board got a visit Tuesday night from the association's executive director. It's not unusual for school board members to question why they pay to belong to org…

Mark J. Crawford has postponed his retirement date as West Seneca schools superintendent until May 27. Crawford is staying on in the post he has held for six and a half years, overseeing one of the region's largest suburban school districts with more than 6,600 students in nine schools, for nearly three months longer than he anticipated. Crawford in November had set …

Sara Bucki's son, a fourth grader at West Elementary in West Seneca, didn't get home Thursday until just before midnight. He was among 500 students stranded at two elementary schools in the town after 26 inches of snow fell over four hours during mid-afternoon. But four days later, Bucki was among a half-dozen residents who publicly thanked the district's administra…