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Cash allowed to change start times at receivership schools

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has determined that Buffalo Superintendent Kriner Cash acted within his authority in changing the start and end times at three schools in receivership: D’Youville Porter Campus School,  Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School and Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence.

The state receivership law gives superintendents broad powers to turn around struggling schools, but the Buffalo Teachers Federation challenged Cash's authority to impose the changes, saying the moves were about saving money, not improving education.

The union had challenged Cash's decision in State Supreme Court, but the court ruled the challenge was premature because Elia had not yet ruled on the issue. After Elia's decision Wednesday, the union vowed to resume its court challenge.

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