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Buffalo teachers union continues court challenge on start times at 3 schools

The Buffalo Teachers Federation has resumed its legal fight against the state's receivership law and whether the district had the authority to unilaterally change the start and end times this year at three district schools: D'Youville Porter Campus School, Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School and Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia ruled in August that Superintendent Kriner Cash did have the authority to make those changes, prompting the teachers union to file legal action last week in Albany challenging the commissioner's decision.

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


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