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The Williamsville Central School District is seeking nominations for its Wall of Fame honoring graduates for extraordinary achievements in career and public service. The deadline for nominations is May 1. To be eligible, candidates must have graduated at least 10 years ago from Williamsville South, North, or East high school, or be a graduate of the original Williamsvil…

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has made the rare decision to hold an in-person, public hearing to decide whether Carl P. Paladino can remain on the Buffalo School Board. Elia's decision comes nearly four months after Paladino's racially charged comments about former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama elicited intense public calls…

Voters will be asked to approve a tax increase in the Tonawanda City School District election on May 16, although an increase in state aid will help keep the district's budget under the state tax cap. The Tonawanda School Board plans Tuesday night to adopt a final proposed budget that, if approved by the public, will raise the tax levy by 3.19 percent, an increase of $5…

What if the state audits a payroll and finds no payments that raise alarms? In the case of the Eden Central School District, auditors from the state comptroller's office said school employees were paid properly, but still suggested the district update its internal controls. An audit to see if the district accurately paid salaries and wages from July 1, 2015 to Dec. 6…

The room at the end of a hall in East High School looks like any classroom for kids. Green, yellow, blue and red triangular banners make the light blue walls appear even brighter. Blue cutout letters spell WELCOME and inspirational posters are affixed to the windows: "Set your goal and focus on it." "You begin to achieve when you begin to believe." "If you’re not afraid…

One day after news broke that a grand jury is investigating allegations of bid rigging at Niagara County Community College, the college made news for a much better reason. Schools.com ranked NCCC the second best among 39 community colleges in New York State, NCCC announced Wednesday. Only Jefferson Community College in Watertown was ranked higher. NCCC "offers big le…

An Orchard Park teenager's plan to tackle food waste and hunger has earned her a scholarship to attend a youth global leadership summit in Italy this July. Karlin Klass went to France last year with about 45 other local students with Education First, a company that combines language training with cultural exchange, academic achievement and educational travel. When she c…

About 32,000 students would benefit from the state's new tuition-free scholarship program for State University of New York colleges, the Cuomo administration projects. Roughly 180,000 students attending SUNY colleges or universities currently pay no tuition, because it's fully covered by the state's Tuition Assistance Program and federal PELL grants, according to Robert…

For years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took a hard-line approach to reforming New York's schools, calling on the state to mandate rigorous evaluations for teachers and to turn schools that fail to meet certain standards over to an outside receiver to operate. Now, the governor appears to have stepped back from the reform agenda he touted when he first took office. During a…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will visit the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Tuesday morning to talk about the recently approved state budget. Cuomo is scheduled to be at the Rev. Dr. Bennett W. Smith Sr. Family Life Center on Michigan Avenue at 10 a.m. The newly passed $163 billion state budget includes provisions on a number of high-profile issues, including: Free …

Public and private college presidents hold completely different views of the new tuition-free scholarship program for State University of New York colleges – an initiative pushed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that figures to change the higher-education landscape in New York State. Those at public institutions – where students from families earning less than $100,000 a yea…

The steady influx of Spanish-speaking students from Puerto Rico into Buffalo classrooms is driving a drastic increase in the population of pupils learning English. Now, school officials hope to convince teachers from the island to follow. Buffalo Public Schools administrators are taking their recruiting efforts to Puerto Rico this week, hoping to solve the press…

The young girl peered through the window into the school courtyard and saw that the rain had stopped. “Can we ride our bikes outside?” she asked. “Yes,” said Jonathan Piret, her instructor, “but if you ride outside you can’t ride inside anymore because the water will make it slippery.” She was already out the door. After a long winter being coop…

State aid for New York’s schools will increase by more than $1 billion, which is more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo originally proposed. That’s the good news for districts. The bad news is that not every school district will see an increase, and for those that do, it may not be nearly as much as they had hoped to catch up from years of past cuts. One superintendent refe…