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Construction on the proposed new Emerson School of Hospitality in downtown Buffalo could begin by January, after the city Planning Board gave the $36.8 million project a green light. But first the developers have to sign a lease agreement that's being negotiated with the Buffalo Public Schools. They also want sales and mortgage recording tax breaks, to boot, as the pr…

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The kindergartner wouldn’t walk, wouldn’t talk and wouldn’t stop screaming. So Greg Johnson scooped her up and brought her into his school’s new room where she let off some steam bouncing on the small trampoline in the corner. “Three jumps later, she stopped screaming and started talking,” recalled Johnson, principal at the George E. Blackman School of Ex…

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Long before Buffalo ever had charter schools, it had BUILD Academy. The school on the city's East Side was once the pride of the African-American community and a symbol in its fight for quality education. It infused black culture and heritage into its curriculum and pioneered a model that gave the community a say in running the school. So when news came that the St…

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West Seneca Central School District's teachers and support staff have new contracts eight months before their old agreements were to expire. Raises in both two-year contracts vary, but they average to about 2 percent a year, said Interim Superintendent Matthew Bystrak. A starting teacher without a master's degree will make $43,315 next year and $43,748 the following …

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The total number of international students at colleges and universities in the U.S. grew to a record 1.08 million in 2016-17, including 7,252 international students at the University at Buffalo. But data reported last week by the Institute of International Education also showed that the number of new international students – those enrolled at a U.S. institution for the …

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June 12, 1946 - Nov. 14, 2017 Margaret A. Ryan wore high heels every day of her 32-year career as a teacher, principal and acting superintendent at Alden Central Schools. And when she was principal at Alden Primary School, when everyone in the school brought in 100 items to mark the 100th day of school, she brought 100 pairs of her shoes. "She loved high heels," s…

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The State Education Department last month ordered an outside takeover of Buffalo's B.U.I.L.D. Academy and gave the school district a choice: Either find someone who can turn around the school on Fougeron Street after years of poor performance, or the state will appoint someone to do it. But here's the problem: The state can't find anyone who wants the job. That's …

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The doors at Hamlin Park Academy are open more than ever. Kids will stay until nearly 6 p.m. weekdays to participate in any number of after-school activities, from basketball to STEM programs to  arts and crafts. And now, there's more funding to expand such after-school programming, not only at Hamlin Park, but at three dozen locations around the Buffalo Niagara …

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Niagara University announced Thursday that it will work with developers on a plan to renovate abandoned houses in an area bounded by Pine Avenue and Fourth, Eighth and Niagara streets. Patricia Wrobel, executive director of the university's Rev. Joseph L. Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement, said she plans a January "summit" with developers to make plans to upgrad…

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It's not too early for high school students and non-professional young adults to think about entering the mechanics competition at the Western New York Farm Show in February. The event challenges youth to complete a course made up of various tasks that could include bolt identification, hydraulics, machining, automobile inspection, welding, torque, tractor part identifi…

Four fifth-grade students from Windermere Elementary School in the Amherst School District raised over $500 for the American Red Cross general disaster relief fund by participating in a "readathon." Three students from Heather Rogers’ class and one student from Sara Mazurek’s class combined to read over 40 books in four weeks. The students received pledges from family…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District saw a precipitous drop in its fund balance, from $50 million in 2009 to about $25 million in the following five years, but Assistant Finance Director John J. Brucato told the School Board on Tuesday that their nest egg is getting bigger. Brucato presented his forecast on finances for the 2018-19 budget to the School Board on…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to make an education announcement this morning at a Buffalo school. Cuomo is scheduled to be at Hamlin Park Claude and Ouida Clapp Academy on Donaldson Road, a pre-K through grade eight public school, at 10 a.m. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is also expected to be at the announcement.    

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Buffalo Peacemakers may end up playing a more formal role with the Buffalo Public Schools. The anti-violence and gang-intervention group had a "very promising" meeting Nov. 9 with Superintendent Kriner Cash after last month's School Board meeting when the group sought $35,000 in funding to help provide safe passage for students, said Pastor James Giles, group organ…

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Who hasn't used their smartphone at work to send a text, scroll through emails or search the internet? Well, no more if you're a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. The board passed a policy Wednesday that says School Board members and executive-level staff will "refrain from using electronic communication devices during meetings." The issue was raised awhil…