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SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson will visit the Erie Community College North Campus on Tuesday, her first visit to the campus since joining SUNY last year. ECC President Dan Hocoy will accompany her on a tour of the campus. The two will stop at the new Center for STEM Studies, the Spring Student Center and the Center for Nanotechnology Studies. Faculty and staff will…

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Thousands of schoolkids across the United States are competing in a Buffalo-born science project to see who can grow the biggest, most beautiful crystals. That’s right: crystals. This month marks the start of the U.S. Crystal Growing Competition based here in Buffalo, the brainchild of Jason Benedict, a crystallographer and associate chemistry professor at the Univer…

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Kriner Cash is getting some national recognition for his work as superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools. Cash is one of nine finalists up for Urban Superintendent of the Year, the top award among leaders in urban education. The winner will be announced next week in Baltimore at the annual fall conference of the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of 70 of t…

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Amherst Police lifted a lockdown placed on Sweet Home High School in Amherst Thursday afternoon, after a student reported seeing a person in a vehicle riding around the school with a gun pointed at the building, according to a tweet from Amherst Police. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 3 p.m., but students were still being released under police supervision. Don…

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Last year the Community Health Center of Buffalo was allowed to park a van at Niagara Falls High School to offer health services, counseling and contraceptives to students. The van will show up four times this school year. "I definitely think it should be more than that," said junior Mia Maye, who was among the students pushing the school district for better sex educ…

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The Buffalo Board of Education has agreed to resolve its dispute with LPCiminelli and pay the remaining $3.1 million it owes the developer for the decadelong school renovation and construction project, formally rendering the work complete. The decision finally closes the books on what is widely considered the largest public works project in the city's history. The tw…

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It takes a village not only to raise a child, but to employ an adult. That’s one of the challenges facing the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, the bright, airy Main Street facility with a twofold mission: use the arts to keep kids in school, and train adults for good jobs in Buffalo’s growing health care industry. Modeled on a Pittsburgh program that has expanded …

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Buffalo school board elections aren't until May, but the campaigning is already under way. A parent activist threw his hat into the ring Tuesday for what is expected to be an interesting school board election in Buffalo. Larry Scott was the first out of the gate to publicly announce his candidacy for an at-large seat on the Buffalo Board of Education Tuesday afternoo…

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One male was seriously injured in a shooting near SUNY Buffalo State, the college and Buffalo Police reported Tuesday. The shooting took place at around 3:40 p.m. inside a restaurant at Letchworth and Dart streets, the agencies reported. The scene is near lot G-20 and a block west of Grant Street. The college said the shooting appeared targeted, and the shooter fled …

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For more than a decade, Cecelie Owens has been quietly going about her business teaching girls across Buffalo about the game of basketball – and the game of life. Now, her efforts are being recognized. Owens, the principal at West Hertel Academy, was one of four women across the nation named an “Everyday Hero” by espnW during its annual Women+Sports Summit this month…

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A local private foundation with deep pockets laid out a plan a few years back to improve education for kids in Buffalo. The goal: add 3,500 “high-performing seats” in schools across the city. That effort is starting to take shape with two new charter schools opening their doors, thanks in large part to backing from the Cullen Foundation. “I think we’ll look back a…

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Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management will mark its 50th anniversary next week by hosting an international conference and dedicating a refurbished residence hall for students studying event management. A two-story building formerly called Varsity Village No. 2 is now the Statler Foundation Hospitality House. Its rededication is set for noon …

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Officials will cut the ribbon on a new playground at Cataract Elementary School in Niagara Falls that will include a wheelchair-accessible seesaw, at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15. The "We-Saw" is one of several inclusive play pieces chosen by the school's playground committee, district spokeswoman Judie Glaser said. A child in a wheelchair would be able to get on the We-Saw …

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A local nonprofit that provides free school supplies to teachers in impoverished schools will expand its reach thanks to a grant from National Grid. National Grid awarded the Teacher's Desk, and its founder John Mika, a $25,900 grant to distribute 10,000 school supply kits to low-income kindergarten students in Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Long Island. The announcem…