Eileen Buckley http://news.wbfo.org en Grant to help fight high absentee rates in Buffalo schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/grant-help-fight-high-absentee-rates-buffalo-schools <p>Chronic absenteeism continues to be a major issue in the Buffalo Public School District. But a $500,000 grant from the<a href="http://www.wkkf.org/"> W.K. Kellogg Foundation </a>will to go directly toward targeting the problem.&nbsp; Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:47:04 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41571 at http://news.wbfo.org Grant to help fight high absentee rates in Buffalo schools Buffalo teachers union endorses three school board candidates http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-teachers-union-endorses-three-school-board-candidates <p>WBFO News has learned that the Buffalo Teachers Federation has endorsed three candidates for next month's Buffalo Board of Education elections.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:32:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41519 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo teachers union endorses three school board candidates The next ‘Giants of Buffalo’: Journalists & best-selling authors Herbeck & Michel http://news.wbfo.org/post/next-giants-buffalo-journalists-best-selling-authors-herbeck-michel <p>Two award-winning local journalists will be honored this Friday as the next 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel, co-authors of the New York Times best seller <em>American Terrorist,</em> will lead a discussion on journalism. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41502 at http://news.wbfo.org The next ‘Giants of Buffalo’: Journalists & best-selling authors Herbeck & Michel U.S. Attorney to review alleged forgery on Buffalo school document http://news.wbfo.org/post/us-attorney-review-alleged-forgery-buffalo-school-document <p>There are more twists in an ongoing alleged forgery case in the Buffalo Public School District. The District Parent Coordinating Council is calling on the federal government to investigate. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:53:49 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41486 at http://news.wbfo.org U.S. Attorney to review alleged forgery on Buffalo school document City high school seniors encouraged to apply for Say Yes http://news.wbfo.org/post/city-high-school-seniors-encouraged-apply-say-yes <p>A new deadline is nearing for Buffalo Public high school seniors to complete scholarship applications for Say Yes Buffalo.&nbsp; As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says city students are encouraged to apply so they can attend college.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:24:35 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41484 at http://news.wbfo.org City high school seniors encouraged to apply for Say Yes Press Pass: Is it time to upgrade the Bisons' ballpark? http://news.wbfo.org/post/press-pass-it-time-upgrade-bisons-ballpark <p>Should Coca-Cola Field -- home to the Buffalo Bisons -- undergo a modernization?&nbsp; That's the question recently explored by Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer in an extensive news article.&nbsp; WBFO'S Eileen Buckley discusses the future of the ballpark with Meyer in this morning's Press Pass conversation.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:54:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41427 at http://news.wbfo.org Press Pass: Is it time to upgrade the Bisons' ballpark? Buffalo Public School students encouraged to take on a reading challenge http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-public-school-students-encouraged-take-reading-challenge <p>Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown kicked off his 13th annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge&nbsp; program Thursday. The program challenges city students to maintain and improve their reading during the summer months. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:09:13 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41417 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo Public School students encouraged to take on a reading challenge Higher Ed prepares for new teacher testing requirements http://news.wbfo.org/post/higher-ed-prepares-new-teacher-testing-requirements <p>The New York State Education Department is implementing new testing requirements for initial teacher certification. In our Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says leaders from the state Education Department met with some members of higher education in Buffalo about these changes that begin April 30.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:19:09 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41389 at http://news.wbfo.org Higher Ed prepares for new teacher testing requirements King Center Charter School's plan to move draws ire http://news.wbfo.org/post/king-center-charter-schools-plan-move-draws-ire <p>Plans by the King Center Charter School’s to buy a former city school building continue to draw fire from the King Urban Life Center. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a strong conversation was delivered between both sides before a Buffalo Common Council Committee meeting Tuesday.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:11:07 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41360 at http://news.wbfo.org King Center Charter School's plan to move draws ire Prestigious jazz education program works with Buffalo school students http://news.wbfo.org/post/prestigious-jazz-education-program-works-buffalo-school-students <p>One of the most prestigious jazz education and outreach programs in the world is spending time with some Buffalo Public School students this week. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is visiting three city schools. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:14:56 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41357 at http://news.wbfo.org Prestigious jazz education program works with Buffalo school students Buffalo school students excited about science careers http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-school-students-excited-about-science-careers <p>Some Buffalo Public School students are engaging in classroom programs that focus on future careers in science. The District kicked off science week Monday morning at School 19, the Native American Magnet School on West Delavan. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked a group of 8th graders at the school about their interest in a scientific career.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:40:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41308 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo school students excited about science careers Allegany soldier injured in Fort Hood attack recovering http://news.wbfo.org/post/allegany-soldier-injured-fort-hood-attack-recovering <p>A native of Western New York who was seriously wounded in Wednesday's Fort Hood shootings is expected to recover.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:26:00 +0000 WBFO Newsroom & Eileen Buckley 41223 at http://news.wbfo.org Allegany soldier injured in Fort Hood attack recovering Neglia stages tragic romance Romeo & Juliet at Shea’s http://news.wbfo.org/post/neglia-stages-tragic-romance-romeo-juliet-shea-s <p>One of Shakespeare’s most tragic romances will be staged tonight at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Neglia Ballet Artists performs its production of Romeo and Juliet. WBFO’S senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited a rehearsal where Sergio Neglia practiced with his partner - a ballerina from Argentina.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:36:37 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41255 at http://news.wbfo.org Neglia stages tragic romance Romeo & Juliet at Shea’s Students opt out, parents upset with ‘Sit & Stare’ http://news.wbfo.org/post/students-opt-out-parents-upset-sit-stare <p>Controversy is rising this week as some students opt out of the English Language Arts Assessment tests for third through 8th graders.&nbsp; As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains why parents are so fired up over this issue.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:45:25 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41221 at http://news.wbfo.org Students opt out, parents upset with ‘Sit & Stare’ Buffalo teacher union leader outraged at 'Sit & Stare' policy http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-teacher-union-leader-outraged-sit-stare-policy <p>The leader of the Buffalo teachers union is outraged over the Buffalo School District's Sit and Stare policy for students who opted out of state assessments this week.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:50:23 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41188 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo teacher union leader outraged at 'Sit & Stare' policy College filmmaker to premiere 'All in the Sauce' http://news.wbfo.org/post/college-filmmaker-premiere-all-sauce <p>An aspiring young filmmaker is about to premiere a locally produced short film this week titled <em>All in the Sauce.</em> As part of Buffalo State College's 'Year of the Teacher', WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us about the student's work outside the classroom and what he has learned in his undergraduate studies.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:16:39 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41187 at http://news.wbfo.org College filmmaker to premiere 'All in the Sauce' Superintendent tries to clear air on uncertified administrator hires http://news.wbfo.org/post/superintendent-tries-clear-air-uncertified-administrator-hires <p>The Buffalo Schools superintendent is embroiled in the latest controversy over recent administrative hires.&nbsp; As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked&nbsp; superintendent Pamela Brown what the plan is for two top-level administrators placed on unpaid leave.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:58:12 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41159 at http://news.wbfo.org Superintendent tries to clear air on uncertified administrator hires City school leader holds listening tour http://news.wbfo.org/post/city-school-leader-holds-listening-tour <p>In the midst of a city education crisis, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown kicked off the first in a series of 'listening tours' and community conversations Monday at the downtown library, part of the district's Pathways to Success effort that include community conversations. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:38:58 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41157 at http://news.wbfo.org City school leader holds listening tour Buffalo Public Schools to receive state aid boost http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-public-schools-receive-state-aid-boost <p>The Buffalo Public School District is expected to receive an increase in state under the new budget agreement. The city school district will see a more than a 4.3 percent increase in aid. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41142 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo Public Schools to receive state aid boost When charter school closes, city district gets slight financial benefit http://news.wbfo.org/post/when-charter-school-closes-city-district-gets-slight-financial-benefit <p>Another Buffalo charter school will be closing at the end of the school year.&nbsp; Community Charter School will closed at the end of June. Last year Pinnacle Charter School shut down, but was reopened last fall under the Buffalo Public School District as School 115. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the city district benefits from these charter shut downs.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41092 at http://news.wbfo.org When charter school closes, city district gets slight financial benefit Community Charter School loses court fight to stay open http://news.wbfo.org/post/community-charter-school-loses-court-fight-stay-open <p>The COMMUNITY Charter School in Buffalo has lost its court battle to stay open. State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek on Thursday ruled in favor of a New York State&nbsp; Education Department's (NYSED) motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the school.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41088 at http://news.wbfo.org Community Charter School loses court fight to stay open Two city school administrators placed on leave could return as interns http://news.wbfo.org/post/two-city-school-administrators-placed-leave-could-return-interns <p>Talk has surfaced that the two high-level Buffalo Public School District administrators placed on leave might be allowed to stay on as interns.&nbsp; Last week the schools superintendent placed Yamilette Williams and Faith Morrison-Alexander on unpaid leave. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:44:33 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41079 at http://news.wbfo.org Two city school administrators placed on leave could return as interns NYSED leaders say students should not 'fear failure' in next round of tests http://news.wbfo.org/post/nysed-leaders-say-students-should-not-fear-failure-next-round-tests <p>As early as next week some students will begin taking another round of tests under the new Common Core Standards.&nbsp; 3rd and 8th grade are scheduled to take the ELA's next week, followed by math next month.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:17:24 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41051 at http://news.wbfo.org NYSED leaders say students should not 'fear failure' in next round of tests New study examines school board leadership http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-study-examines-school-board-leadership <p>A national study released by the Fordham Institute in Washington takes a look at school boards. The study titled <a href="http://www.edexcellence.net/publications/does-school-board-leadership-matter"><em>Does School Board Leadership Matter?</em></a> determined if local school board member’s focus on academic improvement is likelier to "beat the odds" in classroom performance. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:16:56 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41048 at http://news.wbfo.org New study examines school board leadership Former Bills color commentator Pete Weber reflects on Ralph Wilson http://news.wbfo.org/post/former-bills-color-commentator-pete-weber-reflects-ralph-wilson <p>Reaction to the death of Ralph Wilson came quickly Wednesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with longtime sports broadcaster Pete Weber, who now serves as the play-by-play voice for the Nashville Predators. During his time in Buffalo, Weber served as color commentator for the Buffalo Bills during the Super Bowl playoff years of the 1990s.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:18:38 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41021 at http://news.wbfo.org Former Bills color commentator Pete Weber reflects on Ralph Wilson School mourns loss of 7-year-old East Side boy http://news.wbfo.org/post/school-mourns-loss-7-year-old-east-side-boy <p>Students at the Frank Sedita Academy in Buffalo are trying to cope with the tragic loss of one of their classmates.&nbsp; 7-year-old Alexavier Torres-Santiago died Sunday in a fire at his home on Fillmore Avenue.&nbsp; The boy and&nbsp; his three siblings also attend the school.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41027 at http://news.wbfo.org School mourns loss of 7-year-old East Side boy Paladino uncovers more school district employees without proper credentials http://news.wbfo.org/post/paladino-uncovers-more-school-district-employees-without-proper-credentials <p>Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino tells WBFO News he has uncovered more district employees lacking proper credentials. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:55:32 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41001 at http://news.wbfo.org Paladino uncovers more school district employees without proper credentials Mexican woman granted asylum in U.S. tells her tragic story http://news.wbfo.org/post/mexican-woman-granted-asylum-us-tells-her-tragic-story <p>Violence flows at the Mexican border where many seek asylum in the United States. That issue will be highlighted Wednesday night as the 33rd Annual Father A. Joseph Bissonnette Lain America Event will be held at Daemen College in Amherst. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:24:31 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41000 at http://news.wbfo.org Mexican woman granted asylum in U.S. tells her tragic story Buffalo Schools invite motivational speaker to kickoff ‘Pathways to Success’ http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-schools-invite-motivational-speaker-kickoff-pathways-success-0 <p>Buffalo Public Schools superintendent Pamela Brown begins her Strategic Plan Listening Tour Saturday morning.&nbsp; Brown has invited motivational speaker and author Simon Bailey to appear at the "<a href="http://www.buffaloschools.org/news.cfm?story=4075&amp;school=0">Pathways to Success</a>" program.&nbsp; As part of our Focus on Education reporting -- WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to Bailey -- who is a graduate of Bennett High School and founder and CEO of Brilliance Institute.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 40935 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo Schools invite motivational speaker to kickoff ‘Pathways to Success’ Two city school administrators placed on leave, school board president calls it 'oversight' http://news.wbfo.org/post/two-city-school-administrators-placed-leave-school-board-president-calls-it-oversight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The superintendent of Buffalo's schools has placed two school administrators on unpaid leave for lack of proper certification.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 40911 at http://news.wbfo.org Two city school administrators placed on leave, school board president calls it 'oversight'