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Charter schools are growing in Buffalo, but they still face two big hurdles: finding suitable space to locate and the funds to pay for it. That’s why the area’s charter schools are revving up their lobbying campaign today and pressuring the state to pony up some form of building aid, like it does for traditional public schools. At the very least, advocates are as…

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Daemen College's roots can be traced back to one building. The Rosary Hall mansion on the private college's Main Street campus in Amherst was purchased in 1948 by the Sisters of St. Francis and became the Rosary Hill College for women, now Daemen. "Everything went on there," said Michael Brogan, Daemen's vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. "T…

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Dec. 7, 1926 – Nov. 26, 2017 Georg G. Iggers, an internationally renowned historian and civil rights advocate, died Sunday in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 90. Mr. Iggers' experience of anti-Semitism as a child in Nazi Germany inspired his activism as an adult. He laid the groundwork for the desegregation of Cent…

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The University at Buffalo Foundation used an offshore fund to invest in fracking and fossil fuels, even as university officials sought to portray UB as a national leader in climate-change and sustainability research. The foundation invested through EnCap Flatrock Midstream, a venture capital firm that focuses solely on North American oil and gas extraction and productio…

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A moratorium on charter schools in Buffalo won’t happen, but don’t expect the issue to go away. Both the state Education Department and the State University of New York nixed the request from the Buffalo Board of Education, which asked the state in September to slow down the expansion of charters across the city. The two are the authorizing entities for charters …

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The Buffalo school district is seeking a person or organization to run BUILD Academy next year and turn around the struggling East Side school on Fougeron Street. The district, facing a January deadline to appoint someone, put out this week a formal request for applications. Replies are due to Superintendent Kriner Cash by 4 p.m.  Tuesday, Dec. 19. Applicants must b…

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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…