Focus on Education http://news.wbfo.org en 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 Common Council gets community feedback on Common Core http://news.wbfo.org/post/common-council-gets-community-feedback-common-core <p>The Buffalo Common Council Education Committee held a public hearing Thursday evening on Buffalo Public schools, including the Common Core learning standards that have been backed by the Buffalo school system. Community members who spoke at the hearing in Council chambers said parents have to understand the new rules better.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:46:45 +0000 Mike Desmond 43522 at http://news.wbfo.org Common Council gets community feedback on Common Core Ogilvie approved as interim superintendent http://news.wbfo.org/post/ogilvie-approved-interim-superintendent <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The new majority on the Buffalo Public School Board went into special meeting Wednesday afternoon with the five votes needed to make Donald Ogilvie, former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent, the interim city schools superintendent. After two nasty hours of discussion, his appointment was approved.<br /> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 43491 at http://news.wbfo.org Ogilvie approved as interim superintendent 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 Ogilvie appointed interim Buffalo schools superintendent http://news.wbfo.org/post/ogilvie-appointed-interim-buffalo-schools-superintendent <p>Buffalo's Board of Education appointed former Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Donald Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent in a contentious board meeting Wednesday evening.&nbsp; Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:28:13 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 43480 at http://news.wbfo.org Ogilvie appointed interim Buffalo schools superintendent 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 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 New majority names Sampson school board president http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-majority-names-sampson-school-board-president <p>The Buffalo School Board has some new leadership but most of the old problems. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:26:39 +0000 Mike Desmond 43298 at http://news.wbfo.org New majority names Sampson school board president Redesign planned for Bennett High School http://news.wbfo.org/post/redesign-planned-bennett-high-school <p>By September 1, Buffalo schools are hoping to have a "new" Bennett High School. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:58:23 +0000 Mike Desmond 43297 at http://news.wbfo.org Redesign planned for Bennett High School Former Assembly leader Arthur Eve honored with building naming http://news.wbfo.org/post/former-assembly-leader-arthur-eve-honored-building-naming <p>The sign on UB's new Educational Opportunity Center now includes the name of former Assembly Deputy Speaker Arthur Eve, the man behind a variety of programs and centers to expand educational opportunity. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:19:47 +0000 Mike Desmond 43269 at http://news.wbfo.org Former Assembly leader Arthur Eve honored with building naming 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 Regents approve new Buffalo charter school http://news.wbfo.org/post/regents-approve-new-buffalo-charter-school <p>The state Board of Regents has approved a new charter school in Buffalo.&nbsp; The Charter School of Inquiry will open in August 2015. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Mark Scott 43177 at http://news.wbfo.org Regents approve new Buffalo charter school Buffalo School board votes to keep MLK open http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-school-board-votes-keep-mlk-open <p>The Buffalo School Board reversed itself Wednesday night in voting to keep Martin Luther King School open.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:47:00 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 43155 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo School board votes to keep MLK open 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 New program seeks to prepare students for manufacturing careers http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-program-seeks-prepare-students-manufacturing-careers <p>A new program has been created to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was in Buffalo Wednesday to announce the plan to create an advanced manufacturing early college program at Burgard High School. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:15:48 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 43134 at http://news.wbfo.org New program seeks to prepare students for manufacturing careers 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 Few districts embracing Pre-Kindergarten expansion http://news.wbfo.org/post/few-districts-embracing-pre-kindergarten-expansion <p>Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as&nbsp; "universal pre-K."</p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:56:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43124 at http://news.wbfo.org Few districts embracing Pre-Kindergarten expansion 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 Say Yes program earning high marks http://news.wbfo.org/post/say-yes-program-earning-high-marks <p>Some parents in Buffalo Public School District believe Say Yes Buffalo is helping more students achieve. Say Yes offers tuition to college for city school students, making college achievable for many who previously would not have been able to afford it. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:58:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 43062 at http://news.wbfo.org Say Yes program earning high marks 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 Common Core critic addresses Buffalo teachers http://news.wbfo.org/post/common-core-critic-addresses-buffalo-teachers <p>Mark Garrison is professor of education policy and research at D'Youville College. He is also a vocal critic of Common Core learning standards. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:58:03 +0000 Mike Desmond 42982 at http://news.wbfo.org Common Core critic addresses Buffalo teachers 8th graders leave reading legacy to community http://news.wbfo.org/post/8th-graders-leave-reading-legacy-community <p>Students at the Westminster Community Charter School in Buffalo are encouraging reading across their community.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report,&nbsp; WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the 8th grade class unveiled a "small library" they constructed to share books with the community.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:51:16 +0000 Eileen Buckley 42967 at http://news.wbfo.org 8th graders leave reading legacy to community Buffalo Partnership Project: UB collaboration with Lafayette http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-partnership-project-ub-collaboration-lafayette <p>A unique partnership has unfolded between the University at Buffalo and Lafayette High School. The Buffalo Partnership Project: A Common Core Collaborative is generating new learning methods for teachers as they instruct many of the refugee and immigrant students at Lafayette. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley explores how this effort is aiding one of the city's six failing schools.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:25:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 42953 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo Partnership Project: UB collaboration with Lafayette City schools working on improvement plan http://news.wbfo.org/post/city-schools-working-improvement-plan <p>Widespread frustration with sagging graduation rates has prompted city school officials to develop the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan. But little public interest was on display Tuesday night at a meeting at Makowski School. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:24:22 +0000 Mike Desmond 42948 at http://news.wbfo.org City schools working on improvement plan Conway-Turner appointed Buffalo State president http://news.wbfo.org/post/conway-turner-appointed-buffalo-state-president <p>The State University of New York Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner as the ninth president of SUNY Buffalo State. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:24:40 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 42933 at http://news.wbfo.org Conway-Turner appointed Buffalo State president Twilight program helping students earn Regents diplomas http://news.wbfo.org/post/twilight-program-helping-students-earn-regents-diplomas <p>A new alternative program is being offered for some students allowing them to break away from the traditional school setting. The program, called <a href="https://www.e1b.org/StudentsofAllAges/CareerTechnicalEducation/TwilightPrograms.aspx">Twilight,</a>&nbsp; is offered through Erie 1 BOCES. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley explores the program and learns how some high school students are earning credits toward a Regents diploma, while boosting graduation rates.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:20:07 +0000 Eileen Buckley 42925 at http://news.wbfo.org Twilight program helping students earn Regents diplomas