Eileen Buckley http://news.wbfo.org en School choice & civil rights http://news.wbfo.org/post/school-choice-civil-rights <p>As the Buffalo Public School District continues review of its school choice policy, one national civil rights expert explains how important the issue is across the country.&nbsp; Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43839 at http://news.wbfo.org School choice & civil rights Hamburg schools superintendent placed on leave http://news.wbfo.org/post/hamburg-schools-superintendent-placed-leave <p>The Superintendent of the Hamburg School District has been placed on administrative leave, a move that adds to a growing number of controversies within the district.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:22:21 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43800 at http://news.wbfo.org Hamburg schools superintendent placed on leave Canisius College hires Collins to lead advancement http://news.wbfo.org/post/canisius-college-hires-collins-lead-advancement <p>A high-profile public relations expert has been hired by Canisius College in Buffalo to serve as vice president of Institutional Advancement at Canisius. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43773 at http://news.wbfo.org Canisius College hires Collins to lead advancement Supporters urge governor to sign law to prevent GPS stalking http://news.wbfo.org/post/supporters-urge-governor-sign-law-prevent-gps-stalking <p>A state bill, if signed into law, could protect more domestic violence victims from dying at the hands of their abusers. The bill was inspired by a local woman who was murdered in 2012.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:27:56 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43679 at http://news.wbfo.org Supporters urge governor to sign law to prevent GPS stalking Cuomo says sexual assault is ‘serious’ issue for colleges & universities http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-says-sexual-assault-serious-issue-colleges-universities <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the recent investigation into assaults on college campuses while appearing in Rochester Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation in May. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:04:44 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43664 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo says sexual assault is ‘serious’ issue for colleges & universities FOIL request reveals UB paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech http://news.wbfo.org/post/foil-request-reveals-ub-paid-275000-hillary-clinton-speech <p>A Freedom of Information request revealed the University at Buffalo paid 275-thousand dollars for Hillary Clinton's Distinguished Speakers Series speech last fall.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the FOIL request was issued by the Public Accountability Initiative based on Buffalo's West Side.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:26:47 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43642 at http://news.wbfo.org FOIL request reveals UB paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech Central Terminal ‘Happy’ video goes viral http://news.wbfo.org/post/central-terminal-happy-video-goes-viral <p>A locally produced video has gone viral as part of a fundraising effort for Buffalo's Central Terminal. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the video is sure to make you smile as you watch a diverse group of citizens dance inside the historic city landmark.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:56:12 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43632 at http://news.wbfo.org Central Terminal ‘Happy’ video goes viral Common Council leader says school board has ‘very little’ discussion of education issues http://news.wbfo.org/post/common-council-leader-says-school-board-has-very-little-discussion-education-issues <p>The leader of the Buffalo Common Council is weighing in on the education crisis in the city. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with the Council president and True Bethel pastor Rev. Darius Pridgen.&nbsp; Pridgen, who once served as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education, offers his thoughts on the city district.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:27:54 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43634 at http://news.wbfo.org Common Council leader says school board has ‘very little’ discussion of education issues Buffalo FBI leader Brian Boetig talks about new interrogation rules, police issues http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-fbi-leader-brian-boetig-talks-about-new-interrogation-rules-police-issues <p>The newest leader of Buffalo's FBI Office has nearly completed one full year in the Queen City. Special Agent in Charge Brian Boetig was named to head the Buffalo division last September. He arrived in Buffalo with expertise in cyber investigation and has trained agents on intelligence. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to host Boetig in our studio for a conversation about the current work of the local FBI.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:37:55 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43593 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo FBI leader Brian Boetig talks about new interrogation rules, police issues Hobart and William Smith Colleges respond to NY Times sexual assault article http://news.wbfo.org/post/hobart-and-william-smith-colleges-respond-ny-times-sexual-assault-article <p>Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, in Central New York responded to a complaint of alleged sexual assault filed by a student in response to a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/us/how-one-college-handled-a-sexual-assault-complaint.html">New York Times article</a> dated July 12, 2014.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:50:12 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43580 at http://news.wbfo.org Hobart and William Smith Colleges respond to NY Times sexual assault article Wheatfield residents fight against use & storage liquid fertilizer http://news.wbfo.org/post/wheatfield-residents-fight-against-use-storage-liquid-fertilizer <p>Some Wheatfield residents are fighting against the use of a liquid fertilizer they say contains harmful waste. The battle involves a national company operates businesses in Erie and Niagara counties.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:30:42 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43576 at http://news.wbfo.org Wheatfield residents fight against use & storage liquid fertilizer Parent leader feels ‘validated’ in Office of Civil Rights resolution for criteria city schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/parent-leader-feels-validated-office-civil-rights-resolution-criteria-city-schools <p>The Buffalo Public School District has agreed to work toward resolving the admission requirements for criteria based-schools.&nbsp; The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights issued a resolution after three parents filed a complaint.&nbsp; Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:42:24 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43537 at http://news.wbfo.org Parent leader feels ‘validated’ in Office of Civil Rights resolution for criteria city schools Traveling to Brooklyn to find a successful graduation rate among ELL students http://news.wbfo.org/post/traveling-brooklyn-find-successful-graduation-rate-among-ell-students <p>Similar troubles within the Buffalo Public School District are happening in other districts across the country. The Buffalo News has been launching a series of stories that look at how a district in New York City is tackling low-graduation rates at an international school. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan who traveled to Brooklyn to learn about a teaching model for English Language Learners.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43518 at http://news.wbfo.org Traveling to Brooklyn to find a successful graduation rate among ELL students Smoky two-alarm Buffalo fire called ‘suspicious’ http://news.wbfo.org/post/smoky-two-alarm-buffalo-fire-called-suspicious <p>A two-alarm fire on Buffalo's East Side has left 11 people homeless. The fire broke out earlier this afternoon at a home at 122 Moselle near Genesee Street. It quickly spread to two nearby homes, including a vacant home at 126 Moselle.&nbsp; Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:29:49 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43511 at http://news.wbfo.org Smoky two-alarm Buffalo fire called ‘suspicious’ Regents Bennett says Ogilvie is an ‘extraordinary’ leader http://news.wbfo.org/post/regents-bennett-says-ogilvie-extraordinary-leader <p>New York State Board of Regents member Robert Bennett is praising the work of newly named interim Buffalo Schools superintendent Don Ogilvie.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Bennett is convinced Ogilvie will be able to turn around the trouble city school district.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:36:16 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43493 at http://news.wbfo.org Regents Bennett says Ogilvie is an ‘extraordinary’ leader Larry Quinn says it's time to do things 'differently' in city schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/larry-quinn-says-its-time-do-things-differently-city-schools <p>Larry Quinn is one of the new Buffalo Board of Education members and makes up the new majority on the board. Quinn said Wednesday he is ready to support former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent Don Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent.&nbsp; Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:42:58 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43475 at http://news.wbfo.org Larry Quinn says it's time to do things 'differently' in city schools Buffalo parent group encouraged with Ogilvie’s solutions http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-parent-group-encouraged-ogilvie-s-solutions <p>An effort to turn around a troubled Buffalo School District, the new school board majority is poised to select a new interim leader Wednesday night. The board is expected to select former Erie 1-BOCES superintendent Don Ogilvie to serve as interim schools superintendent. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley has reaction from one of the parent organizations seeking change.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:13:46 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43468 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo parent group encouraged with Ogilvie’s solutions Author of Great Lakes books examines Buffalo’s waterfront renaissance http://news.wbfo.org/post/author-great-lakes-books-examines-buffalo-s-waterfront-renaissance <p>As part of our ongoing If Our Water Could Talk reporting, WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with<a href="http://edwardmcclelland.com/"> author Edward McClelland</a>. McClelland, who wrote <em>Nothing But Blue Skies</em> about the Great Lakes industrial past of Rust Belt cities like Buffalo, has been keeping a close watch on Buffalo's waterfront renaissance.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:34:27 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43461 at http://news.wbfo.org Author of Great Lakes books examines Buffalo’s waterfront renaissance Fourth city employee admits to stealing from parking meters http://news.wbfo.org/post/fourth-city-employee-admits-stealing-parking-meters <p>Another city worker has admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from Buffalo parking meters.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43436 at http://news.wbfo.org Fourth city employee admits to stealing from parking meters Tow truck manager admits to ‘pay to play’ scheme in bribing Buffalo cops http://news.wbfo.org/post/tow-truck-manager-admits-pay-play-scheme-bribing-buffalo-cops <p>A 30-year-old tow truck manager has admitted to taking part in a 'pay to play' scheme of bribing Buffalo Police officers.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:43:29 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43444 at http://news.wbfo.org Tow truck manager admits to ‘pay to play’ scheme in bribing Buffalo cops Former BOCES leader in line to be interim Buffalo schools superintendent http://news.wbfo.org/post/former-boces-leader-line-be-interim-buffalo-schools-superintendent <p>Former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent Donald Ogilvie could become the next interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public School District.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43404 at http://news.wbfo.org Former BOCES leader in line to be interim Buffalo schools superintendent Press Pass: Brian Meyer on the impact of 43North http://news.wbfo.org/post/press-pass-brian-meyer-impact-43north <p><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">Luring new entrepreneurs to Buffalo is the mission of 43North, a major business competition supported through the Buffalo Billion. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer explore the effort. Meyer says there is now significant international interest in Buffalo.&nbsp; </span></font></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:56:49 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43240 at http://news.wbfo.org Press Pass: Brian Meyer on the impact of 43North Young Audiences program helping at-risk teens http://news.wbfo.org/post/young-audiences-program-helping-risk-teens <p>City school students who live in poverty and are left on their own after school hours are more likely to participate in risky behavior. But some of Buffalo's at-risk teenagers are being supported through an after school program provided by Young Audiences Western New York. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:53:44 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43184 at http://news.wbfo.org Young Audiences program helping at-risk teens Aloma charter students showcase literacy through songwriting http://news.wbfo.org/post/aloma-charter-students-showcase-literacy-through-songwriting <p>Students at the Aloma D. Johnson Community Charter School in Buffalo celebrated the end to the school year by showing off their creative side.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students performed songs they wrote after a long school year of learning the tough Common Core Standards.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:38:29 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43158 at http://news.wbfo.org Aloma charter students showcase literacy through songwriting City lawmaker wants to consider takeover of school district http://news.wbfo.org/post/city-lawmaker-wants-consider-takeover-school-district <p>A Buffalo Common Council member wants some answers from the City's law department regarding the Board of Education.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley tells us the Council Majority Leader wants to know if the city could dissolve the board of education.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:15:15 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43126 at http://news.wbfo.org City lawmaker wants to consider takeover of school district Fighting for a voice on education issues http://news.wbfo.org/post/fighting-voice-education-issues <p>School educators and stakeholders in the Buffalo Public School District say parental involvement is key in changing failing schools and leading students to success.&nbsp; But what about the parents who are involved.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education interview, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with two concerned citizens who are fighting for a voice when it comes to resolving the city's education crisis.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:00:02 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43127 at http://news.wbfo.org Fighting for a voice on education issues Catholic Charities program helps Buffalo teen turn his life around http://news.wbfo.org/post/catholic-charities-program-helps-buffalo-teen-turn-his-life-around <p>As the Buffalo Public School District works to keep troubled teens in the classroom, an outside program is assisting.&nbsp;<a href="http://ccwny.org/"> Catholic Charities of Buffalo</a> launched a new program last year called <a href="http://www.ccwny.org/Services/tabid/59/cid/84/cat/Project%20Jump%20Start/Default.aspx">Project Jump Start</a>.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with a teenager with a juvenile record, who is now back on track with his school work and home life.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:13:44 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43096 at http://news.wbfo.org Catholic Charities program helps Buffalo teen turn his life around Buffalo’s graduation rate rises; school leader says still long way to go http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-s-graduation-rate-rises-school-leader-says-still-long-way-go <p>The Buffalo Public Schools' graduation rate has improved, providing a glimmer of good news for the many failing city schools. New numbers were released by the <a href="http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20140623/home.html">New York State Board of Regents </a>Monday. Buffalo's rate increased from nearly 48-percent in 2009 to 56-percent in 2013.&nbsp; Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:25:48 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43065 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo’s graduation rate rises; school leader says still long way to go Lake Erie designated a 'no discharge zone' http://news.wbfo.org/post/lake-erie-designated-no-discharge-zone <p>Boaters are now banned from dumping raw sewage into Lake Erie. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a petition filed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:03:39 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43064 at http://news.wbfo.org Lake Erie designated a 'no discharge zone' Kindergarten to be mandatory for Buffalo five-year olds http://news.wbfo.org/post/kindergarten-be-mandatory-buffalo-five-year-olds <p>Kindergarten is expected to be mandatory for five year olds in Buffalo this fall if Governor Cuomo signs a bill approved by the state Legislature. In our Focus on Education report -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to the city school district and an early childhood expert about the importance of kindergartner in a student’s development and learning.<br /><br />&nbsp; Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:37:35 +0000 Eileen Buckley 42988 at http://news.wbfo.org Kindergarten to be mandatory for Buffalo five-year olds