December 6, 2013 - 1:45 PM
As noted in today's story, Say Yes to Education has added 10 more private colleges and universities to its ever-growing list of institutions that enables income-eligible Buffalo public school students to attend college tuition free. That includes all Ivy League schools.
The full list of colleges for which Buffalo students are eligible for scholarships though Say Yes are listed below. These colleges are in addition to all the public SUNY, CUNY and community colleges in New York State that participate in the Say Yes Buffalo program.
December 4, 2013 - 11:47 PM
As noted in today's story, Buffalo school district administrators provided the school board some detailed information Wednesday about how many charter school students are transferring back to Buffalo public schools and why.
The report indicates that 465 students transferred from city charter schools to district public schools between July 1 and Nov. 18, and most of those transfers were the result of "parental choice," not suspensions or expulsions.
December 4, 2013 - 1:44 PM
State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. is scheduled to speak at a community forum in Jamestown beginning at 5 p.m. A group of Buffalo parents concerned about new Common Core curriculum standards has chartered two buses to take parents and teachers there.
The News' Denise Jewell Gee is providing updates:
December 3, 2013 - 3:46 PM
UPDATE: The DPCC voted 14-2 Tuesday night (with many abstaining or declining to vote) against the resolution asking that the district and state scale back high-stakes standardized testing, said President Sam Radford. The parent group decided instead gather more information and data regarding existing classroom testing and then reconsider the resolution at a later meeting.
Original blog post follows below:
Parents with Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council are preparing to join their suburban counterparts in expressing concerns over the implementation of the Common Core learning standards, particularly the high-stakes testing that is eating up instructional classroom time.
The parent group, which meets from 6 pm to 8 p.m. tonight at Makowski School 99, is expected to adopt a resolution asking the Buffalo school board join with the many other school districts in New York State in expressing their opposition to "overreliance on standardized testing."
December 3, 2013 - 10:30 AM
Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. will be in Jamestown on Wednesday to hear from parents and educators.
Details of the community forum were finally posted to the state Department of Education's website on Monday.
If you plan to go, the forum will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jamestown High School, 350 East 2nd St., Jamestown.
November 25, 2013 - 4:31 PM
Since our story on the crisis in the Hamburg Central School District ran Sunday, many people have taken note.
Some folks have talked about the great things students are doing, including collecting and donating food for Thanksgiving.
The interim superintendent commented that the papers were flying off the shelves Sunday. Richard E. Jetter has written a letter to the community in response to the article to show the district’s commitment to students and the school system.
November 25, 2013 - 1:02 PM
What started out here as a School Zone blog post, then morphed into a front-page story that has since been picked up nationally, has garnered many opinions on whether it's OK for a pre-K teacher to send a handwritten note home to all parents saying that some children are coming to school smelly and unclean.
"It is a health and safety concern," wrote BUILD Academy pre-kindergarten teacher Sharon D. Perry Dunnigan. "It also makes it difficult for me to be close to them or even want to touch them. Enough said."
Nearly 400 comments were posted to the Saturday story. Newspapers, TV and radio locally and nationally have run with the story too. It seems people's reactions fall into one of two camps:
November 24, 2013 - 6:00 AM
Today, The News takes a look at the controversy in the Hamburg schools. One of the points of contention has been the district's decision to change attorneys.
Shortly after taking a seat on the Hamburg School Board, Sally Stephenson successfully pushed for the removal of the Harris Beach law firm as the district’s attorneys, replacing Harris Beach with James D. Tresmond, 73.
Before a special July meeting, Stephenson had already formed a majority to dismiss Harris Beach and hire Tresmond at $110,000 a year.
November 24, 2013 - 6:00 AM
Today, The News takes a look at the controversy in the Hamburg schools. Problems in the Hamburg School District are mirrored in legal actions and legal costs.
Those costs were just over $11,000 four years ago.
They skyrocketed to $263,000 in the 2010-11 school year.
Fees were about $80,000 the following year.
And last school year, when the district sued over the executive session tape, it paid Harris Beach $104,093 for legal services.
November 22, 2013 - 2:40 PM
Buffalo school officials are still pondering what to do with Middle Early College High School, which is located in a leased space inside one of board member Carl Paladino’s buildings.
The lease at 290 Main St. expires in December, but the consensus among board members is to let the school stay where it is until the end of the school year.
Where to put it after that was the question school officials have yet to answer.
The district has two empty buildings - 187 and 56, and one thought was that high school could go into one of them.
But after Wednesday’s presentation by Buffalo Schools architect Paul McDonnell about how much it would cost, board members dropped that idea and resurrected one that Superintendent Pamela Brown proposed some months ago: housing the school inside another one.