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The New York State assessments got off to a bit of a bumpy start this week. Students around the state had problems with computer-based testing Wednesday. Some teachers said the second day of testing requires short and long writing passages, which is taking some children hours to complete. And in Buffalo, teachers were irked that some administrators are giving in…

Amherst

Petitions are due by 5 p.m. today for candidates seeking one of three seats on the Williamsville Board of Education. The three incumbents – Shawn Lemay, Toni Vazquez and Mark Mecca – are all seeking re-election. Eric Borenstein and Robert Campo have also filed petitions. Ballot positions will be drawn at 6 p.m. Tuesday prior to a special meeting when the board will vote…

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Spending would increase by 3.23 percent under a $34.77 million budget proposal adopted Tuesday by the Tonawanda City School Board. The amount to be raised through property taxes would be $12 million, an increase of 2.91 percent, which is within the allowable increase under the New York State tax cap. Superintendent Timothy Oldenburg said the budget is "responsible an…

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The Tonawanda City School District is conducting a search for two elementary school principals. The School Board this week announced the retirement of Mullen Elementary School Principal Larry Badgley, who will leave the district at the end of August after a 23-year career as an administrator in the district. He previously served as dean of students and athletic director…

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A glitch Wednesday in the computer-based ELA state assessments that made it difficult to download the tests affected schools in 263 districts, including some in Western New York. Lake Shore Central and Depew were two of the local districts affected. Some students in certain grades in the 263 districts administering the computer-based tests experienced the delay, accordi…

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While "opt-out" proponents continue urging that kids skip the state tests all public schools must give starting this week, it’s noteworthy that one impoverished school that doesn’t have to administer the English and math exams is doing so anyway. At Our Lady of Black Rock, a small Catholic school on Peter Street, they give the dreaded tests even though they are not requir…

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The Williamsville Central School District's proposed budget for 2018-19 maintains current academic and extracurricular programming, and also makes some additions. The budget has $475,000 worth of new "program support items," including an instructional coaching position, enhancements of academic intervention services, changes to enhance administrative makeup at the eleme…

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The New York State standardized tests in English language arts will be administered this week, and math is next month. http://buffalonews.com/2018/04/10/state-test-scores-take-kids-on-roller-coaster-ride/ State data shows that students' test results wax and wane from year to year as the state changes its standards, scoring and the way tests are administered. Take …

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If your kids are taking the state standardized test in English language arts this week, or in math next month, don’t be surprised to find out they’re not as skilled in either subject as New York thinks they should be. Most kids aren’t. While that can vary from school to school and grade to grade, on average a little more than a third of all students who took the grad…

Colleges

New video boards will be installed at the basketball and hockey venues at Niagara University, thanks to a $1 million donation by an alum. The university announced Tuesday that Bill McKnight's gift means the video replay boards will be installed in the Gallagher Center, the Purple Eagles' basketball arena, and Dwyer Arena, where Niagara's hockey team plays. Two of the hi…

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Jacob L. Reimer was appointed the next superintendent of the Barker Central School District by the Board of Education on Monday. Superintendent Roger J. Klatt, who will retire June 30 after 11 years, said Reimer will be paid $145,000 a year on a three-year contract. Reimer has been assistant superintendent for human resources at Brockport Central for the past three y…

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Many middle school students enjoy the pop songs of Bruno Mars, LMFAO and Justin Bieber. Their teachers? Not so much. Except at Casey Middle School in Amherst. A group of Casey teachers led by Harry O'Malley under the name Teachers Beat Cancer late last month posted on their website a trio of videos in which they lip sync and dance to megahits by those artists. …

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A priest who taught students at two Buffalo-area Catholic high schools for more than a decade was suspended from any public ministry in 2014 after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor, The Buffalo News confirmed this week. The Rev. Michael M. Lewandowski, now 71, was suspended after the allegation was made in May 2014, according to the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-…

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It has become a spring tradition: About 1 million students in New York will sharpen their pencils or start up their computers for state assessments this week, while about 200,000 of their classmates will not. And in keeping with tradition, dueling groups are urging parents to say "Yes to the test," or to have their third- through eighth-graders sit out until more change…