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There will be no agenda or set topic Saturday morning when the Williamsville Board of Education meets for a community forum. The town hall style meeting will give parents, residents and staff members a chance to talk about any education-related issues. Board members and Superintendent Scott Martzloff will be on hand to discuss school-related topics and answer questio…

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The Buffalo region made a list of best places in the United States for public education – based on how much money is spent. The metro area ranked high in per pupil spending on a list compiled by MagnifyMoney, a website that features product comparisons for consumers. The region's $20,773 per pupil spending in 2015 came in at No. 3 on the list, behind only metro Hartf…

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Oluwakemi Mogaji has only been riding a bike for two years but the 24-year-old graduate student is undaunted by an upcoming 4,000-mile ride from Baltimore to Seattle. Mogaji, who friends and family call Kemi, harbors an adventurous spirit that began to flourish even before she and her family emigrated eight years ago from Nigeria to Syracuse. She is pursuing a career…

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The budget season didn’t bring nearly as much money from the state as the Buffalo Public Schools had hoped. Employee costs are on the rise. Payments to charter schools keep going up. And for the third consecutive year, the school district continues to move full speed ahead funding its reform effort, the New Education Bargain. It all leads to the school district st…

A public forum on educator diversity and its impact on students will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the WNED Studios, 140 Lower Terrace. The forum will include a presentation of data on diversity among teachers, principals and other school administrators gathered by the Education Trust-NY; a panel discussion with a Buffalo teacher, principal and students as wel…

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The Niagara Falls Education Foundation will honor three alumni at its eighth annual dinner set for 5 p.m. Thursay in Antonio’s Banquet and Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd. The honorees are Carmela Fortuna of the Falls' Fortuna's Restaurant and a longtime community volunteer; Charles Marazzo Sr., retired owner of Latina Niagara Importing; and, as an emerging l…

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A new survey of students in the Buffalo Public Schools offers a more detailed picture of the myriad issues and circumstances many kids face outside the classroom. Of those who took the survey: Nearly a third of high school students said they have seen someone shot, stabbed or beaten in their neighborhood. About one in 10 said they often have been beaten or physi…

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In this era of declining school enrollment, increasing costs and tax increases limited by the tax cap imposed by New York State, consolidating school districts seems like a no-brainer. But it also is usually a nonstarter. Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was the latest to take up the issue when he released a report on school district expenses and potential for…

Edward Cavan was reelected to the Erie 1 BOCES School Board for his eighth term, and longtime Cheektowaga School Board Member Renee Wilson also was elected in a vote of member districts Tuesday. Wilson will fill the position held by Judith Katz, who is retiring from the board after serving on it for 40 years. “Words cannot express our gratitude for Mrs. Katz’s unwave…

The Teacher's Desk has been awarded a total of $12,500 by First Niagara Foundation and KeyBank Foundation so the store on Northampton Street can expand its literacy program. The Teacher's Desk - where teachers of students in need shop free of charge for schools supplies, reading materials and classroom resources - will use the funds to acquire and distribute more than 2…

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One of the largest single gifts an individual ever bestowed upon the region is for the kids of the City of Buffalo. A $25 million gift being announced Friday serves as a down payment to help ensure students in Buffalo have free college tuition for generations to come, courtesy of a Western New Yorker who has always had a soft spot for education and kids determined to su…

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Are students in Buffalo Public Schools disciplined too much? Or not enough? A group focused on social justice issues is weighing in. VOICE Buffalo, a community organizing network, says there are way too many student suspensions in the Buffalo school district and is offering to lend a hand in training more teachers, staff and parents in "restorative" practices, lik…

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Millions of dollars can be saved by merging smaller school districts in Erie County, and consolidating districts "demands serious consideration," according to a report issued Monday by Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. "We're not recommending any particular merger, we have hypotheticals in here but we're not saying this has to be done," he said during a news conf…

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Canisius College and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center are each getting $2 million from local benefactor Patrick P. Lee. The gift to Canisius will establish the Lee Foundation Scholarship Program to support students in finance, computer science, mathematics and statistics, and physics. Two scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded annually to freshmen with dem…