Some other area schools have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Day, and now it is Williamsville's turn to tackle the topic. The school board has put the name change on the agenda for a vote next month, but at least four of the nine board members have signaled their opposition to the proposal. No matter how the vote goes, some board members are  treating it is a tea…

LEWISTON - The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation announced a $1.8 million grant that will enable an early childhood program expand beyond Erie and Niagara counties to other parts of Western New York. Help Me Grow Western New York works with about 40 local agencies assisting children under 5 who are considered at risk for developmental disabilities and delays. Niagara Un…

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will take a wait and see approach before saying anything critical about the newly confirmed head of the Justice Department, former Republican Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. In heated confirmation hearings earlier this month, Democrats accused Sessions of taking extreme positions on issues such as abortion and criminal sentencing …

A big crowd of veterans erupted in applause after the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board approved Tuesday night a school tax exemption for veterans in an estimated 4,300 households in the district. The exemption is expected to save combat veterans $187 per year in taxes on a $100,000 assessed home, according to district officials. But it will mean higher taxes f…

Protesters converged on the Buffalo School Board meeting Wednesday night and brought it to a standstill. They called for the removal of Board Member Carl P. Paladino and called out board members who offered support to Paladino. About 75 people participated in the action, which took place as the public comment period ended. That’s when chants began, and lasted for about…

Grand Island schools Superintendent Brian Graham issued a community safety alert to the district Wednesday after learning that a female middle school student had been approached by an older male who attempted to call her over to his vehicle Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened around 5 p.m. - not on the student's way to or from school - in the Oak Ridge Road neighbo…

John J. Hurley, the president of Canisius College, emailed a letter to alumni asking them to register opposition to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s free college tuition proposal. The letter includes a link to a website sponsored by the New York Student Aid Alliance, an advocacy group for private education, that will produce a letter to be forwarded to members of the Legislatur…

NORTH TONAWANDA - The defense lawyer for Lockport Principal James A. Snyder called the case against him “much ado about nothing.” “The only thing the people have proven beyond a reasonable doubt is that there were a bunch of girls at a birthday party,” attorney Michele G. Bergevin said during her summation. Jurors deliberated only a half an hour Tuesday befo…

West Seneca School Board members have decided to slow down the search for a new superintendent. Instead of finding a permanent head of the district to start in May, the district now will look for an interim superintendent, and it plans to have the permanent superintendent start in 2018. At a special meeting Saturday, the School Board also postponed the focus group me…

A Kenmore-Tonawanda schools committee has recommended that the district's middle and high school students start classes five minutes earlier next year and that elementary school pupils be dismissed 15 minutes earlier. The recommendation by the committee of district workers, parents and Board of Education members is expected to be discussed by the school board at its mee…

Austin Harig, the former student who narrowly lost a race for the Buffalo School Board, is taking steps to sue the city for false arrest after a grand jury dismissed gang assault charges stemming from an incident last summer at his South Buffalo home that sent another man to the hospital. James Ostrowski, who is representing Harig in the civil case, said he planned to fil…

A Buffalo mother has enlisted the aid of a Common Council member and a parent organization to publicize her claim that she was charged with educational neglect and had her two children taken away because she was home schooling them. But Buffalo Public Schools officials responded that Kiarre Harris' problems with Child Protective Services have nothing to do with hom…

Buffalo's high school graduation rate is continuing to climb, with 64 percent of the Class of 2016 graduating on time. This is an improvement from a 52.4 percent graduation rate eight years earlier. The Buffalo gains underscore a trend seen across New York, where the graduation rate has been steadily rising over the past decade. Educators credit improvements in th…

Memo to sitting members of Congress: You're still in the running to become president of Erie Community College. So are Assembly members, state senators, county executives and legislators. Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, C-West Seneca, tried to introduce an amendment barring politicians at all levels from being considered for the job. "I want…

Buffalo graduated 64 percent of its students from the Class of 2016, at least the second straight year the school district showed some progress in getting more kids to earn their high school diplomas. That's up from 61 percent the prior year. The state Education Department on Friday released the new figures, which represent the percentage of students who graduated in…