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Buffalo schools, teachers union still wrangling over school calendar

Buffalo schools and its teachers union are still trying to agree on a school calendar for next year before the School Board votes on the matter Wednesday.

Both sides are trying to find a compromise to the 42-week calendar on the table, which would start classes Sept. 11 – more than a full week after Labor Day – and forego the traditional February break.

The district proposed a 44-week calendar with a Sept. 4 start, a February break and the school day before Thanksgiving and Memorial Day off. The union objected, because salaries would be spread out over 44 weeks, and countered with a 43-week calendar that keeps the February break intact but starts school on Friday, Sept. 6.

Last week, the district proposed a slightly different version with a Sept. 5 start, which would affect the teacher set-up day allowed under their contract.

If no compromise is reached, the calendar would default to 42 weeks – the one with the Sept. 11 start and no February break.

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