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Just Buffalo Literary Center Working to Raise $5,000 by Aug. 31st to Publish "Wordplay"

Just Buffalo Literary Center Working to Raise $5,000 by Aug. 31st to Publish "Wordplay"

Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center can hear the clock ticking. By 5 PM on August 31st, they need to raise $5,000 to help students in Western New York see themselves in print. Just Buffalo is partnering with Kickstarter -- the internet pledging website for creative projects -- to support the publication of Wordplay, the annual anthology of student writing which highlights the most powerful work from the organization's K-12 writers-in-education program.

Catholic School Alumni Invited to 2011 All School Reunion

Catholic School Alumni Invited to 2011 All School Reunion

Alumni who attended Catholic elementary schools throughout the Diocese of Buffalo will converge on the Hearthstone Manor in Depew on September 23 for “The Spirit We Share – Reunion 2011.” Sponsored by the Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP) of the Diocese of Buffalo, the event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will welcome the attendees and offer a special blessing.

This is the second annual reunion. Last year, about 250 alumni representing 85 past and present Catholic elementary schools attended the gathering.

Should Teacher Be Dismissed for Dissing Students?

Should Teacher Be Dismissed for Dissing Students?

My students are out of control. They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners.

Should this English teacher be dismissed for dissing students on her blog? As a former high school English teacher myself, I give her an A+ for summarizing the state of American secondary education in such a direct, pithy manner.

What's your opinion? Read. Discuss. Add comments below.

 

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An English teacher suspended over blog postings in which she referred to students as "disengaged, lazy whiners" was reinstated because she has a legal right to her job, but dozens of students have already asked to be kept out of her classes, school officials said Wednesday.

Requests from students who ask not to be placed in Natalie Munroe's English and debate classes will be honored, Central Bucks East High School Principal Abe Lucabaugh said at a news conference.

How Much is Your School Superintendent Making?

How Much is Your School Superintendent Making?

By CARA MATTHEWS 

Gannett Albany Bureau

ALBANY -- With thousands of teacher layoffs and program cuts around the state, a few hundred superintendents are not getting pay increases in the upcoming school year - but some are still getting hefty ones.

See a database of salaries of local school superintendents

Many superintendents are seeing modest increases, data filed with the state Education Department show. The average base salary was $165,577 in the fiscal year that ends June 30 and will be $165,916 in upcoming school year. The average grew by 2 percent between 2009-10 and 2011-12.

WNY Schools Ranked by Efficiency

WNY Schools Ranked by Efficiency

Business First - by G. Scott Thomas

Frontier is the most efficient school district in Western New York, according to annual ratings posted by Business First.

Frontier pushed ahead of Lancaster, which was last year's regional leader in administrative efficiency. Lancaster is No. 2 this year.

Rounding out the top five are North Tonawanda, Williamsville and East Aurora.

Business First annually rates the academic performance of all Western New York school districts. This year's academic ratings will be released in early June.

But the rankings of administrative efficiency are separate, designed to identify those districts that have the tightest budgets and leanest staffs, regardless of academic performance. These ratings are especially timely now, since school budget votes are just days away.