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With two school shootings still fresh in their minds, one where 10 were killed in Santa Fe, Texas, and another in which two were killed in Atlanta after a high school graduation, and gun violence continuing to claim lives in their city, a group of Buffalo students led a forum Tuesday. They asked city leaders: How do we stop the killing? Students at Buffalo Academy of…

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Voter turnout statewide in last week's school board elections dropped by more than 50,000 from last year, according to an analysis of state records by the New York State School Boards Association. There were 52,567 fewer people voting on budgets last week, down 9.4 percent. The number of voters declined 14.6 percent in Erie and Niagara counties from last year. [Resul…

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The City of Tonawanda School District Board of Education is expected to appoint two new elementary school principals at its board meeting Tuesday night. Michelle Siebert is expected to receive a four-year probationary appointment as principal for Fletcher Elementary School through July 2, 2022, at an annual salary of $83,000. Seibert has been the principal at Seneca Ele…

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Anti-violence activists joined Buffalo teachers and school district leaders in announcing the launch of a fundraising effort Monday to help Donny Bibbes, who was 8 when he survived being shot in the head. Donny is now 10 and recently went back to school at the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia. The gunshot wound left him partially blind. He also lost his ol…

The League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara is presenting a panel discussion on "Perspectives on What Works in Public Education" from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. The public is encouraged to attend the free program, which will include panelists Sherry M. Cleary, executive director of the New York Early Childhood Pro…

Buffalo

The Brown administration has what it calls a creative plan to provide an extra $200,000 to the Buffalo Public Schools in the upcoming city budget: form a charitable entity to accept money from those who would see their state and local tax – or SALT – deductions capped at $10,000 under the federal tax overhaul. But the City Comptroller’s Office warns that the plan would …

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City Honors School is arguably the top public school in the Buffalo region. At the same time, it’s also seen as a poster child for the racial inequality in some of America’s great schools. In fact, the school on East North Street serves as a case study – and Buffalo as the battleground –  in a new book addressing the modern day civil rights challenge of providing stu…

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Next school year, Lockport schools will have in place the kind of security software used at airports, casinos and sensitive government installations. Facial recognition and tracking software will add an unprecedented level of security at the schools. District officials have decided locked entrance doors, bullet-proof glass and sign-in registers at the front desk are not…

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More than 2,500 students, alumni, faculty and staff had their personal University at Buffalo web accounts compromised when they used their UB log-in information to access a third-party site, the school said Saturday. That external, third-party site was breached, exposing their usernames and passwords and leaving their accounts vulnerable. Among the 2,690 accounts affect…

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Students at Olmsted School No. 64 in Buffalo wore their pajamas to school on Friday to raise funds for the family of a teacher who died in a Saturday night boating accident. "Pajamas for Przykuta" is a fundraiser for the family of Eric Przykuta, a Lancaster Middle School teacher. Financial donations will support his widow, Lori Przykuta, a second-grade teacher at Olmste…

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Voters adopted school budgets Tuesday, but some districts did not provide vote counts to The Buffalo News Tuesday night. Here are the results for East Aurora, Iroquois, Lackawanna and Niagara Falls. North Tonawanda also provided updated figures for the School Board election. [Related: See all the school district election results from Erie and Niagara counties] Here a…

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Eden Central School Board members have scheduled a community forum and budget workshop on Tuesday to discuss what to do in the wake of the defeat of its proposed 2018-19 budget. The forum, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Junior/Senior High School cafeteria, will be followed by a special meeting of the School Board. Voters Tuesday turned down the budget,  517-388. The d…

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Tuition would rise and security would be strengthened at Niagara County Community College under a tentative budget for the next academic year. The proposed $48.4 million budget for 2018-19 includes about $250,000 for two armed peace officers and a contract with a local police agency to supply a regular police officer to patrol the Sanborn campus during the academic day,…

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Just when you thought things on the Buffalo Board of Education were starting to calm down, they suddenly got interesting again with the abrupt resignation of Catherine Flanagan-Priore nine months after being picked to replace Carl P. Paladino. What now? Priore’s resignation Wednesday, in protest over the school district’s handling of a new nursing contract and what s…

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Kaleida Health and their nurses took their fight to City Hall Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to maintain their longtime relationship caring for the kids of Buffalo Public Schools — but it was too late. The Buffalo Board of Education agreed to a new three-year nursing contract with a new provider, Supplemental Health Care, whose nurses will replace the Kaleida nurses w…