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Studies and local critics question its effectiveness. The State Education Department won't let it be turned on. And the State Legislature came close to banning it. But the Lockport City School District continues to push to activate a facial recognition security system it installed last year in its 10 school buildings. "We believe it does provide another layer of secu…

Health and Fitness

Dave Gonlag remembers living in the same house during the 1960s with his great-grandmother, who was bedridden with dementia. His great-aunt succumbed to the disease in the 1970s. His grandmother struggled with it a decade later. “She was the sweetest lady ever,” Gonlag said of his mother’s mom. “I never heard her swear in her life until that happened, and then it was ki…

Education

The Lockport Board of Education voted Wednesday to delete the photographs of suspended students from the list of images to be programmed into the district's facial recognition security system. In June, concerns about student privacy led the State Education Department to bar Lockport from turning the system on, even for a test. The photos in the system would be those …

Buffalo

Buffalo is permitted to install cameras on streets around some schools in the city to crackdown on motorists who speed, under legislation signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday. The five-year pilot program, sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and State Sen. Tim Kennedy, limits cameras to no more than 20 school zone locations at any one time. T…

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Drivers who don't stop for school buses be warned. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday authorizing school districts to install stop arm cameras on school buses to catch and fine drivers who fail to stop when students are boarding or getting off school buses. “It was great news,” said Linda O’Grady, transportation supervisor for the West Seneca Central School…

Health and Fitness

The University at Buffalo S-Miles to Go dental van will provide free dental care this month at two sites in the city. UB dental faculty, staff, students and community dentists will treat patients from Monday to Aug. 23 at the Hennepin Community Center, 24 Ludington St., and Aug. 24 to 30 at the Seneca-Babcock Arlene Mychajliw Community Center, 82 Harrison St. Service…

Education

Policymakers in Albany are reconsidering the state’s high school graduation requirements and the use of what has long been considered the gold standard for earning a diploma in New York: the Regents exams. While nothing has been decided yet, the state Education Department and the Board of Regents, its governing body, have outlined a plan to appoint a review commission b…

Amherst

The parents of a former Mill Middle School student say a French teacher choked their daughter during class last year and have sued the Williamsville Central School District over its handling of the situation. Scott and Laura Wexler of Amherst contend that district officials didn't adequately punish teacher Bertrand Juillet, didn't report his conduct to authorities as re…

Education

A new wrinkle was added this summer to the long-running day camp that Canisius College offers high-functioning children with autism: a technology component. The idea was this: Those with the disorder often have an interest in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – but can struggle to find employment as adults because they lack the social sk…

Education

The Lancaster and Niagara Falls school districts both fell short on planning for emergency situations, according to an audit released today by the State Comptroller’s Office. The comptroller urged both districts to augment their safety plan documentation process. In addition, Niagara Falls was told to identify a chief emergency officer. “Our plans and policies are so…

Obituaries

May 9, 1950 – June 30, 2019 Alexander T. Dorliae, also known as Turnanpea Turmi Dorliae, an associate professor at Niagara University who returned to his native Liberia to teach, died June 30 in Liberia. He was 69. Born in the town of Mehnla in the Nimba region of northern Liberia, he was the son of a chief. An older brother, Peter, brought him to the capital city, M…

Buffalo

Teachers at School 59 in Buffalo did participate in an illegal strike – something that hasn’t happened in almost 20 years – when they called in sick one day in March 2018, according to a ruling by an administrative law judge. And that could end up costing the teachers union. Joseph E. O’Donnell, the administrative law judge in the case, is recommending that the Buffa…

Buffalo

Sydney Favors decided to become an educator because of the need for more black teachers. Coral Lopez Jimenez realized she had a knack for teaching while working as a college tutor. And Steven McIlwain Jr. believes he was meant to be a teacher all along. “I feel like it was a calling for me,” McIlwain said. They are among the 13 graduate students forging a diffe…

Local News

The parents of a William Kaegebein Elementary student who was hurt when she ran into a post at the school playground have sued the Grand Island Central School District and the town. The daughter of Jeffrey Chalfant and Daniella Salvatore-Chalfant was in second grade at William Kaegebein Elementary, 1690 Love Road, when she and her classmates were playing outside at 2:30…

Education

How do you get to Hawaii? If you're a member of the Lancaster High School marching band, you wash cars, collect bottle deposits, hold meat raffles and convince your family members to lend a hand or two. And you practice. Relentlessly. It will take all of that and an army of volunteers to send the much-awarded band to the Aloha State to perform in the prestigious P…