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Karen Magee delivered her message in no uncertain terms. "I am saying that I would urge parents at this point in time to opt out of testing," the New York State United Teachers president said in a 2015 interview on the radio show "Capitol Pressroom." The remark made Magee among the first high-profile union leaders in the country to explicitly encourage parents to opt the…

The Cuomo administration has lost another round in court over the millions of dollars in aid it has been withholding for 20 struggling schools across New York, including five in Buffalo. A decision by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court orders the state budget director to release the rest of the money promised – more than $69 million – to help turn around …

West Seneca Central continues to be opt-out central, with nearly three-quarters of its students refusing to take the English Language Arts state assessments Tuesday. The opt-out movement seemed to remain strong, although opt-out numbers are down in some Western New York school districts and districts around the state also reported more students are taking the tests tha…

Mayor Byron W. Brown proclaimed Monday "Randi Weingarten Day" in Buffalo to honor the influential president of the American Federation of Teachers union. Brown called Weingarten "a trailblazer and true champion" during a ceremony at City Hall. Weingarten has served as head of the federation, which has 1.6 million members and is one of the nation's largest labor unions, …

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…