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"The New Education Bargain," the Buffalo school district's reform plan to improve academic performance, will be the subject of an in-depth program premiering at 9 p.m. Monday on WNED-TV. It also will air at 3 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and will be available for streaming at wned.org. The bargain from the district is this: If students work hard and parents commit to t…

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Education was one area of positive news in a spending proposal that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called his most challenging budget. School aid would go up 3 percent under Cuomo's plan, and the poorest districts would see the most operating aid yet, but the governor said he wants to ensure that the poorest schools get the funding. The governor's budget proposal includes a $5…

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It has been 50 years since civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. brought his message of racial justice Buffalo, and 50 years this April since his assassination, which marked the end of King's life at 39. But his death did nothing to dim his legacy. There's still a message that demands action today, said Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash on …

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On a day when the high temperature reached 2 degrees, the fifth-graders in a Douglas J. Regan Intermediate School gym class went outside to go snowshoeing on Feb. 12, 2015. One of the students came back with a mild case of frostbite. "You send your kid to school thinking they're going to be safe and supervised, and I get a call saying I have to get him and take him t…

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara will open adult literacy drop-in centers in Lockport and Niagara Falls, and the organization is seeking volunteer instructors able to begin training Feb. 7. The centers will be located in Grace Episcopal Church in Lockport and in the main branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library. Tutors will be asked to work two hours a week. Training…

Health and Fitness

When Michael Kearns looked at the analytics of his 142nd Assembly District three years ago, he didn't like what he saw in terms of health and well-being. Erie County – including much of the Southtowns and Buffalo, which make up the district – ranked 54th out of 62 counties in the New York State health rankings. It would fall to 57th the following year. Despite ebbs a…

Remember when sneakers, T-shirts and shorts were all you needed in gym class? Students are bringing iPads to gym class at Hoover Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda as part of the school's iFitness program, which encourages third- and fourth-graders to create physical fitness videos, integrating technology with physical fitness. Physical education teacher Heat…

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Assistant Superintendent of Finance John Brucato thinks the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board should propose a new $66 million capital project before the end of the year. Brucato said he thinks the district's finances are healthy enough to vote on a new project in December. Voters approved a $59 million project in 2009 and $51.6 million plan in 2014. "We try …

Crime

A bill that would require private schools in New York State to report allegations of sexual contact by teachers with students and a second one that would expand legal options for victims of child sex abuse would help bring justice to those victims, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and State Sen. Tim Kennedy said Wednesday. Their announcement of support for the l…

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The 31st annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' SleepOut will be held at Hoover Middle School from 8 p.m. Feb. 2 to 6 a.m. the next day in the the parking lot along Sheridan Drive. Students, family members and other participants sleep outside in refrigerator boxes to raises awareness of those in need. In the 30 years since the first SleepOut was organized by the late Sa…

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Another Buffalo charter school could be closing its doors. The state, citing poor performance, is recommending that Oracle Charter School not have its charter renewed and close at the end of the school year in June. School leaders have been breaking the news to teachers, students and parents over the past couple of days. But they also said that Oracle, now in its 13t…

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A public forum on Metro Bus transportation for Buffalo students will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. The forum is hosted by the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization and a coalition of community organizations that want better bus service and treatment for thousands of students who rely on the Niaga…

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The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school opened its doors Monday to students on the first day of classes in their new digs. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also visited the new $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 955 Main St. to talk with students about the historical significance of the day. Teaching, research and clinical work got…

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Teachers at City Honors School no longer would have to monitor the cafeteria during lunches or supervise study halls or keep watch at the front sign-in desk. Those are daily, routine duties required of most teachers at every other Buffalo school. Instead, Buffalo Public Schools would be forced to pay nearly $600,000 a year to hire teacher aides to handle those and other…