Protests to the Buffalo district's loss of school band programs carried the day Wednesday, but the Buffalo Board of Education dealt with a number of matters that deserve attention.
- Health advocates and members of the District Parent Coordinating Council carved out a little time during the "forGOT MUSIC?" instrumental music rally on the steps of City Hall to announce that they had officially filed a letter with the state asking for oversight regarding the district's compliance with the state regulations for physical and health education. The News first had a story about this on Wednesday.
Superintendent Pamela Brown said the district is going to train classroom teachers to provide some of the physical education required by elementary students next school year and that the district is working on upgrading the health curriculum for next school year, as well.
Both she and a several board members said they were "surprised" and "taken aback" at the request for state oversight, given the progress the district was making through its physical activity and wellness committees, even though the district's wellness policy was approved more than a year ago.
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As noted in Tuesday's story about cuts to the Buffalo school district's instrumental music programs, music teachers are making noise about major cutbacks to the district's band and instrumental music lesson offerings. They contend - based on direct coversations with building principals - that 14 of the district's remaining 28 instrumental music programs are going to be eliminated next school year.
Instrumental music teachers said that in many cases, music lessons offer Buffalo school students one of the few remaining opportunities they have to form close relationships with their teachers in small-group settings.
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Hi folks. I'm Sandra Tan, the Buffalo schools education reporter who has assumed the beat from my predecessor, Mary Pasciak. (Some of you may also recall seeing Mark Sommer's byline. He covered the beat temporarily for a few months after Mary stepped back in December.) Mary is continuing to work on some in-depth school-related stories, but since mid-May, I've assumed most day-to-day coverage.
As part of that coverage, I'm resurrecting the School Zone blog. Eventually, I hope to also live blog the regular school board meetings, but one step at a time! I probably won't be posting to the School Zone blog every day, but I do hope to post on a regular basis as blog-worthy topics come up.
I invite blog followers to chime in with suggestions, ideas and story tips as I get up to speed on school coverage. Hopefully, you'll be hearing from other reporters in this space as well, but at the very least you'll hear from me.
So let's start with this:
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