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Tuesday's election for the Buffalo Board of Education is supposed to be the biggest in years — the first time since 2004 all nine board seats are on the ballot. But is anyone out there paying attention? Despite any number of critical issues facing the troubled urban school system, where too few kids are reading at grade level and only two-thirds graduate on time, his…

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For the first time in 15 years, Buffalo voters on Tuesday will pick candidates for all nine seats on the Board of Education. Incumbents in the Central, Ferry, North and West districts are running unopposed. Here is a rundown on candidates for three-year terms in the East and Park districts and for three five-year terms as an at-large member. The School Board oversees…

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The ballot is finally set in the race for the Buffalo Board of Education. All 16 candidates running for the School Board will end up on the May 7 ballot, after petition hearings on Friday failed to knock any of them out of the election. Candidates Lou Petrucci, Austin Harig, Jeffrey Conrad and Carolette Meadows had their petitions challenged, but commissioners for th…

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It's less than two weeks from the May 7 election for the Buffalo School Board and the ballot still isn’t set. But there should be answers Friday. Four of the 16 School Board candidates face objections to the petitions they submitted and will have hearings Friday morning at the Erie County Board of Elections. They could get bumped off the ballot. [Related: 16 candidat…

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Now comes the time for outside groups to start choosing up sides in the race for the Buffalo Board of Education, although a big part of the business community has decided to sit this one out. Outside money from educational reform groups has yet to show up, as well. In some prior races, both had helped balance the influence wielded by the powerful teachers union, whic…

Buffalo

Though all nine Buffalo Board of Education seats are on the ballot next month for the first time in 15 years, the board may not look that much different after Election Day because nearly half the members are running unopposed. A total of 16 candidates filed petitions with the Erie County Board of Elections by Tuesday's deadline, signaling the start of the big race, in w…

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Lowering school suspensions in Buffalo and increasing support for the rising number of students learning English as a new language have emerged as two key educational issues in next month’s race for the Board of Education. Those were two recurring themes at a forum Tuesday that brought 14 of the 16 candidates to the same stage for the first time. More than 75 people …

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Buffalo’s Next School Board: With all nine board seats on the ballot May 7, The Buffalo News is looking at critical issues that will face a new board in the often-troubled district. Today: District finances. If there’s one certainty about what’s in store for a new Buffalo Board of Education, it’s that fiscal challenges lie ahead. They always do. You might think a $1 …

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The long, tumultuous history at the bargaining table between the Buffalo Public Schools and its teachers union lived on Tuesday. It was the first day of negotiations between the school district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation, and the two sides sat down only to lay out ground rules for negotiating a new teachers contract. The current pact expires at the end of Ju…

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Buffalo’s Next School Board: With all nine board seats on the ballot May 7, The Buffalo News is looking at critical issues that will face a new board in the often-troubled district. Today: District leadership. Who will lead the Buffalo Public Schools in the coming years is one of the big questions looming over a big election. The contract for Superintendent Kriner Ca…

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A coalition pushing for a change in the date of the Buffalo School Board races has another idea on how to increase participation in the election: a pay raise. The Better Together Coalition — a group of clergy, community organizations and business members — believes boosting the $5,000 annual stipend for members of the Board of Education might entice more qualified candi…

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Candidates for the Buffalo Board of Education started collecting signatures last week and have to file their petitions by April 9 in order to get on the May 7 ballot. Here are the candidates known to be running so far: Ferry District: Sharon Belton-Cottman, incumbent. North District: Hope Jay, incumbent. Jay could face a challenge from board colleague Larry Quinn,…

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There are lessons to be learned from the last time all nine seats on the Buffalo Board of Education were on the ballot. It was 2004, and the election was widely viewed as crucial to Buffalo Public Schools – and the city. The election turned over two-thirds of the School Board, and sent the school system in a new direction. The job of board members – which already …

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Candidates for the Buffalo Board of Education can start collecting petitions Tuesday to be on the May ballot, as the field grows. Tim Hartigan, a faculty coach and adjunct college instructor from South Buffalo, is the latest to announce that he will run for an at-large seat on the board. Hartigan is a faculty coach at Bryant & Stratton College and an adjunct inst…

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Two more people have emerged as candidates for the Buffalo Board of Education. Ann Rivera, an assistant professor of English at Villa Maria College, announced she will run this year for an at-large seat on the School Board. Rivera currently serves as chair of the district's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. Terrance Heard, a General Motors employee who ran…