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The fear, pain and uncertainty that come with going to the dentist can unnerve even the healthiest among us. Imagine what it can be like for those with autism, dementia, physical limitations, developmental disabilities or cancer. These are the patients in the working world of Drs. Elizabeth Kapral and Maureen Sullivan, two of a dozen dentists who help staff three den…

The State Education Department on Thursday reported a data breach that affected 52 students from five schools around the state, including one from St. Amelia School in the Town of Tonawanda. The state's data vendor, Questar Assessment Inc., said an unauthorized user – it suspects a former employee – accessed a company account about three weeks ago to view data on studen…

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Gail L. Tylec, a longtime professor at Niagara County Community College, was named Wednesday as interim vice president of academic affairs. Tylec, currently the coordinator of the physical education studies teacher education program, replaces Luba Chliwniak, who will retire in March after serving in the vice president's post from 2009 to 2011, and again since 2015. C…

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A much different story of Buffalo's School 18 emerged Wednesday, a month after teachers went to the Board of Education seeking the removal of the school's principal. This time, supporters came to the principal's defense and dismissed allegations that she is ignoring student misbehavior or making inappropriate comments to kids and staff. "To say that our principal is …

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The boy and girl arrived in the morning darkness, well before school started, and sat in the main office nursing a case of the butterflies. It was the kind you get on the first day at a new school. “They’re nervous,” their mother, Angelica Nieves, said through an interpreter. Griselirys, 11, and Michael, 7, were signing up at Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy on Ca…

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A 14-year-old boy has been charged with stabbing another freshman with a pocket knife at Bennett High School Tuesday morning, according to authorities. The victim was stabbed in the left forearm at about 10:15 a.m., according to a Buffalo police report. An ambulance was called to the scene but the victim's mother declined ambulance transportation for her son and took hi…

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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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The call for a moratorium on new charter schools in Buffalo didn't go anywhere – but the underlying message still got through in Albany. The issue came up again last week when the State University of New York renewed the charter for the King Center Charter School on Newburgh Avenue, but only based on the school meeting some additional academic conditions to be eligible …

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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…

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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…