Wednesday night's Buffalo School Board meeting was productive, but long. At 11:40 pm, the board came out of a closed session to approve a two-page employment agreement with Will Kerestzes. (This is why News reporters stay to the very end.) The letter lays out the terms of his employment and compensation.
Of primary interest is Keresztes compensation as interim superintendent. He will earn a daily rate of $345 in addition to his regular pay as chief of student support services. Though Keresztes is not expected to stay in the position longer than a few weeks at most, we did some math for fun.
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The Hamburg School Board misconduct hearing against School Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci was conducted in public Wednesday night, and transcripts of the previous sessions, held behind close doors, were provided. Read them below.
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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but their absence is even more telling.
At least when it comes to the hallways of the Buffalo school district offices.
Visitors to the district’s City Hall headquarters likely noticed what amounted to a museum of sorts showcasing former Superintendent Pamela C. Brown.
Brown sitting at a student’s desk in a classroom. Brown at a groundbreaking. Brown with state education commissioner John King.
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Please join us at 5:30 pm for a live blog of tonight's Buffalo School Board meeting, the last meeting before a changing of the guard for Buffalo's board leadership.
Tonight's meeting marks the final one for members Florence Johnson and John Licata as incoming board members Larry Quinn and Patti Bowers Pierce prepare to be sworn in on July 1. The board packet can be found here, and a live stream of the meeting should be available here, as well as on the district's Web site. The meeting will be held in Room 801 of City Hall.
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Six New York State families plan to sue over the state's teacher tenure laws.
A new educational advocacy group called the Partnership for Educational Justice announced today that it will support the families as they challenge the state's tenure laws.
The families plan to file a lawsuit in Albany within the next few weeks that would claim that teacher removal laws keep ineffective teachers in the classroom and violate the right to basic education for all students, according to the Partnership for Educational Justice.
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The Board of Regents today released New York State graduation rate data for 2012-13. Here's a look at how local high schools in Erie and Niagara counties have done during the last five years.
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How to Fix Buffalo’s Schools is an occasional series highlighting urban schools across the country that have made outsized progress on some of the seemingly intractable problems plaguing inner-city schools.
The successful schools were selected through statistical analysis of data on academic performance and demographics. The schools chosen are some of the best examples of successfully educating students with backgrounds similar to those in the Buffalo Public Schools.
Through the next few months, News reporters will take readers inside urban schools that succeed.
Read Editor Mike Connelly's introduction to the series here.
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NFTA buses that were supposed to pick up Buffalo high school students throughout the city on Monday didn't show up, leaving kids to make their own way to a local bus stop, to call for a ride from family and friends, or in at least one case, to make their way home on foot.
Here's one parent's angry take:
"I am a parent of a 9th grader who had to walk home yesterday because the NFTA buses that are supposed to pick up students in grades 9-12 at the end of the school day from various schools - Olmsted, Hutch Tech, City Honors - never showed up. For the schools that draw their students from all over the city - this was a huge problem. It was one of the few days that neither I, nor my husband, could swing by and take her home.
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Some parents at Cloverbank Elementary School in the Frontier Central School District don’t like the district’s plans for a new area to drop off their children.
The district said it’s a safety issue, and the new area is to separate students being dropped off and picked up by parents from school buses pulling up to load and unload children in the main parking area.
But the loss of grass and trees in front of the school has angered some parents, and saddened others, who are expected to attend tonight’s School Board meeting at 7 p.m. in Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave.
View the plan for the parking area here.
-- Barbara O'Brien
Attorney Karl Kristoff explains Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown's exit compensation to News Education Reporter Sandra Tan:
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