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The Board of Regents made a bad decision in eliminating a requirement that teacher candidates in New York pass a literacy test to become certified. The move followed controversy after black and Hispanic candidates passed the test at significantly lower rates than white candidates. The Regents also progressed on a proposal that would allow some teacher candidates who fai…

If it’s NCAA time in America, then it’s crunch time in Albany for the New York State budget. The 2017-18 spending plan is due a week from this Friday and, if past is prologue, the governor and lawmakers will be horse-trading right up to the deadline and perhaps a few hours past it. But time remains to get this right – or not – as the state puts a price tag on its p…

It’s more than a little creepy that the Rath Building recently came under assault by bedbugs. And it’s hard not to sympathize with the 30 Erie County employees who were allowed to go home early, with a promise of a paid day off. That’s what County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw told workers, but it appears he was premature. County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz says th…

President Trump has made clear that his budget priorities do not line up with some of the key initiatives that have contributed to the region’s economic resurgence. Start with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which provides funds to clean up damage to the world’s largest source of fresh surface water. The budget proposed cutting its funding from $300 million …

City Honors School continues to fall short in its admission policies. Where it was previously found to discriminate against minority students, it is now discriminating against those in charter and private schools – and didn’t make sure the public knew about it. It’s time to take a deep breath, step back and do this right. The Buffalo School District has been under…

Transit Police Officer David Capretto is right. A baby is alive today because he was in the right place at the right time. But Capretto errs in downplaying his role as merely showing up. He did more than that. He acted. Some of that, of course, is because he’s a cop, trained to intervene. Fair enough, but in doing so – coolly, thoughtfully, strategically – he save…

A recently renovated house in Kenmore is an example of what can be accomplished when municipalities, nonprofits and the public work together to fight blight. The Kenmore house at 22 Allegany Ave. got new life after sitting vacant for nearly eight years following a fire in 2009. That’s when it began its second life as a “zombie” home. Such homes have been abandoned…

Call this progress. Whether it is sufficient is uncertain, and it’s possible there will need to be compromise by the Cuomo administration, but the State Legislature, after an uncomfortable period of resistance, has come out foursquare in support of the second round of the Buffalo Billion. That’s a relief. The initial failure of the Western New York delegation to sup…

For two decades Hostel Buffalo-Niagara has provided a base for thousands of mostly young people from around the world to explore all the region has to offer. But its once-forlorn location – 667 Main St. in the Theatre District – is now a prime location for redevelopment as part of the city’s downtown revival. The city owns the building and is looking to spin it of…

It will take more than a new slogan, but a new slogan and branding campaign at least offer a start on the necessary work of making Niagara Falls what, by all rights, it should be: a dyed-in-the-wool tourist magnet. The work, costing $500,000, began 18 months ago and produced a new strategy for promoting the city and the falls, beginning with the new catchphrase: “Niag…

Welcome to Buffalo, basketball fans. And for some of you, welcome back. It’s been three years since the Queen City last hosted the NCAA Tournament and, as you may have noticed, it’s a different place. This is a city that is – you should pardon the expression – on the rebound. There was lots to do here in 2014, and there’s even more now. It’s worth taking the…

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has built out from its core mission of restoring health to become a platform for community wellness. The goal is to become a model for healthy living across the region and support other, similar efforts. News staff reporter Scott Scanlon wrote about the nonprofit’s efforts and how it has won more than $7 million in grants to make sig…

It’s unfortunate in the extreme and, to this point, utterly inexplicable. Why did President Trump ask Preet Bharara to stay on as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and then, in a Friday purge, suddenly dump him along with every other U.S. attorney? There is nothing unusual about a new president replacing federal prosecutors appointed by his predecessor…

With Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley asking questions about the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s busy schedule of travel to conferences, it is safe to say that appearances matter. The money spent on travel kept the person in charge of an arguably failing housing system away from the city for more than 150 days over the past four years. Grassley, chairman of the …