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Mary B. Pasciak News Staff Reporter


Buffalo teachers report to their first day of work on Tuesday - but 54 of them still don't know which school they are supposed to report to. They are the teachers who the district decided to transfer, against their wishes, from three low-performing schools as part of turnaround plans for this year. An arbitrator Wednesday agreed with the union that the transfers violated …

Buffalo teachers report to their first day of work on Tuesday – but 54 of them still don't know which school they are supposed to report to.They are the teachers who the district decided to transfer, against their wishes, from three low-performing schools as part of turnaround plans for this year.An arbitrator Wednesday agreed with the union that the transfers violated the…

Summer school and after-school tutoring will be drastically cut in the Buffalo Public Schools in 2012-13 because of cuts in federal funding, and parents don't like finding out about it one day before a deadline for their input.Buffalo's Title I allocation, which funds both programs and is intended to help disadvantaged students, decreased this year from $39 million to $30 …

An arbitrator has determined that the Buffalo Public Schools' plan to move a total of 54 teachers at three schools violates the union contract.The district had submitted turnaround plans that called for moving teachers at Drew Science Magnet, Futures Academy and Bilingual Center 33, all considered by the state to be persistently lowest achieving schools.Buffalo Teachers Fe…

An arbitrator has determined that the Buffalo Public Schools’ plan to move a total of 54 teachers at three schools violates the union contract. The district had submitted turnaround plans that called for moving teachers at Drew Science Magnet, Futures Academy and Bilingual Center 33, all considered by the state to be persistently lowest achieving schools. Buffalo Teachers …

Kimberly Young and her young son were among the thousands who braved the blistering heat Saturday to enjoy the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts.Sure, the art was a draw.But for mother and son, as for so many others, it was all the other quintessentially Elmwood features of the event that drew them – things like the Moroccan beef stew from the Lexington Co-op they brough…

Say Yes to Education has expanded its college scholarship program for graduates of district and charter schools in Buffalo to include tuition scholarships for 20 participating private colleges and a $2,000 annual award toward room and board for students wanting to attend a SUNY or CUNY school.Twenty private colleges have partnered with Say Yes to Education to offer full-tu…

Distinguished educator Judy L. Elliott met with local journalists briefly Wednesday for the first time, saying she is in Buffalo in "a helping role" and interested in working in collaboration with district employees.Elliott has been meeting with various people in the district this week, including the principals of 28 schools that have been identified by the state as among …

Elementary school students in Buffalo did not have the chance to practice their reading and math in summer school this year.District officials canceled summer school for the city's youngest students, pointing to funding cuts and an internal study that concluded the program was not as effective as they'd hoped.Instead of having the option to attend summer school, all 17,000…

The School Board on Thursday approved a contract with distinguished educator Judy L. Elliott, agreeing to pay her $190 an hour plus $275 a day in expenses.All six board members present at the special meeting voted in favor of the contract, with at-large Board Member Florence Johnson voting yes "under protest.""I pray this is not a political move and an exertion of power fo…

Amber M. Dixon on Tuesday submitted her resignation to the Buffalo Public Schools, effective at the end of August."I need to leave. I need to move on to another phase of my life, whatever it is," the former interim superintendent said. "I decided to take a positive step and wait for something new in my life. And I think something will come."Dixon, 59, said she plans to con…

Buffalo Public Schools officials have refused to release to The Buffalo News a copy of an investigator's report that led to the firing of a grants administrator in late June.District officials, in both their initial denial of the request and their subsequent denial of the News' appeal of that decision, said the report is protected by attorney-client privilege – an assertio…

The Buffalo Teachers Federation will be in court on Thursday in a bid to temporarily stop involuntary teacher transfers at three low-performing schools.The transfers violate the union contract in several ways, BTF President Philip Rumore says."The school district and union must agree to a modification of that agreement," he said in an affidavit. "Not surprisingly, a school…

Ten months after leaving Buffalo, James A. Williams has applied to become the superintendent in Duval County, Fla., a district that includes Jacksonville.According to the Florida Times-Union, the district is looking for: "A listening, leading communicator who creates a culture of shared decision-making; someone who empowers teachers and staff; a proactive visionary who thi…

An outraged Buffalo School Board on Tuesday delayed making a decision on a contract for the distinguished educator that outlines a pay rate of $190 an hour, plus $275 a day in travel expenses.The board appeared to be reeling from a combination of sticker shock and indignation from having the contract imposed on them by state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.Distingui…