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Schools Being Held More Accountable as New Year Begins

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Wednesday is the first day of school for most students in Western New York. A handful of districts will begin the school year Thursday.

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills was scheduled to join Buffalo Schools Superintendent James Williams later Wednesday for a tour of Bennett High School. Buffalo schools received a significant increase in state aid this year. In return, district officials are being held more accountable to make sure the extra funding results in better student outcomes.

The head of the state School Boards Association, Tim Kremer, says Buffalo is not alone. He says there are similar expectations all across New York.

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