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Judge urges Buffalo schools, union to resolve City Honors spat

The legal battle over teacher cuts at City Honors School continued Thursday with no resolution. But State Supreme Court Justice Diane Y. Devlin strongly urged both sides resolve it over the next month "before I rule on this case."

The Buffalo Teachers Federation had sought an injunction to stop the transfer of 5.5 teaching positions. Devlin, however, extended a temporary restraining order blocking the moves so an arbitrator can help settle the dispute over "non-teaching" duties. She told attorneys to submit any additional court papers by May 1, when she will "rule promptly at that time."

City Honors teachers don't handle lunch monitoring and similar duties, and the district sought the transfers to pay for the hiring of aides to perform such tasks.

The judge Thursday also denied a request by four City Honors families to intervene in the dispute.

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