Focus on Education http://news.wbfo.org en Buffalo School District set to expand pre-K http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-school-district-set-expand-pre-k <p>A round of state funding is allowing the Buffalo Public School District to expand its pre-kindergarten program.&nbsp; The governor is providing $340 million to 81 school districts and community groups statewide for pre-kindergarten programs.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:22:46 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44389 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo School District set to expand pre-K SUNY reaches agreement to improve its sexual assault policy http://news.wbfo.org/post/suny-reaches-agreement-improve-its-sexual-assault-policy <p>SUNY has agreed to make improvements to obeying Title IX when dealing with sexual assaults. That agreement was reached last November according to an Albany report. Last week, in WBFO's Focus on Education report, we reviewed the University at Buffalo's policy that already follows many federal recommendations.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44388 at http://news.wbfo.org SUNY reaches agreement to improve its sexual assault policy Buffalo's waterfront history literacy lesson: History of Buffalo Graphic Novel http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalos-waterfront-history-literacy-lesson-history-buffalo-graphic-novel <p>Some area school students participated in a summer-time literacy project.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students created the History of Buffalo Graphic Novel to promote reading while learning about the city's waterfront history.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44379 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo's waterfront history literacy lesson: History of Buffalo Graphic Novel Say Yes students learn the college financial aid process http://news.wbfo.org/post/say-yes-students-learn-college-financial-aid-process <p>Say Yes Buffalo scholarship students are still required to navigate through the financial aid process.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Public School students heading to college this fall are still filling out federal and state financial aid applications.</p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:30:16 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44366 at http://news.wbfo.org Say Yes students learn the college financial aid process Layoffs issued to dozens of Buffalo teachers http://news.wbfo.org/post/layoffs-issued-dozens-buffalo-teachers <p>With the opening of school only weeks away, at least 63 Buffalo teachers have received layoff notices. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 44326 at http://news.wbfo.org Layoffs issued to dozens of Buffalo teachers Second round of Common Core results show 'modest, but real' progress http://news.wbfo.org/post/second-round-common-core-results-show-modest-real-progress <p>New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and State Education Commissioner John King released results Thursday of the April 2014 Common Core assessments for grade 3-8 math and English Language Arts. Students made slight improvement in math grades 3-8 with 35.8% passing, up from around 31%, but students are doing about the same in English at about 31%.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44307 at http://news.wbfo.org Second round of Common Core results show 'modest, but real' progress UB defines campus policy for reporting sexual assaults http://news.wbfo.org/post/ub-defines-campus-policy-reporting-sexual-assaults <p>The State University of New York has gone on record in support of a bill to strengthen campus policies for reporting sexual assaults. SUNY joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in support of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. As part of our Focus on Education reporting WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with University at Buffalo officials to discuss the school's policy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:13:01 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44300 at http://news.wbfo.org UB defines campus policy for reporting sexual assaults Say Yes students get ready to start college http://news.wbfo.org/post/say-yes-students-get-ready-start-college <p>More than 30 Buffalo Public High School graduates have been attending the Say Yes Summer Academy at ECC. The students have been awarded Say Yes Buffalo scholarships. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on students who have been attending a five-week summer school program to gain skills necessary to head to college this fall.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:38:34 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44269 at http://news.wbfo.org Say Yes students get ready to start college Interim schools leader outlines strategy to Latino community http://news.wbfo.org/post/interim-schools-leader-outlines-strategy-latino-community <p>The new leader of the Buffalo Public School District has hit the ground running. Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie has already been meeting with members of the community with a packed calendar of appointments just weeks into his new role. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley profiles Ogilvie's strategy.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:38:16 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44239 at http://news.wbfo.org Interim schools leader outlines strategy to Latino community Johns Hopkins wants out of partnership with East, Lafayette high schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/johns-hopkins-wants-out-partnership-east-lafayette-high-schools <p>Johns Hopkins University wants to end its partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools at two failing city schools.&nbsp; Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44222 at http://news.wbfo.org Johns Hopkins wants out of partnership with East, Lafayette high schools Union & teachers to shred Pearson tests in protest http://news.wbfo.org/post/union-teachers-shred-pearson-tests-protest <p>Teachers from across the state will stage a protest tonight in Albany against a national testing company.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report&nbsp; WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says they will tear apart tests made by Pearson.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:18:29 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44218 at http://news.wbfo.org Union & teachers to shred Pearson tests in protest State surplus could provide billions to education http://news.wbfo.org/post/state-surplus-could-provide-billions-education <p>Education funding advocates say they have a use for the recently announced $4.2 billion state surplus. They say schools in New York, particularly the state’s poorest schools, could really use&nbsp; the money. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:20:53 +0000 Karen DeWitt 44168 at http://news.wbfo.org State surplus could provide billions to education Buffalo’s new academic chief discusses learning http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-s-new-academic-chief-discusses-learning <p>The Buffalo Public School's new chief academic officer will be digging into the many issues surrounding city schools. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asks the new school administrator about poverty and learning.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:59:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44166 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo’s new academic chief discusses learning School board infighting continues http://news.wbfo.org/post/school-board-infighting-continues <p>A special meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education turned into a bit of a chaotic session Wednesday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says once again there was plenty of controversy in a more than three-hour session.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:09:34 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44140 at http://news.wbfo.org School board infighting continues Buffalo school board to hold special meeting http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-school-board-hold-special-meeting-0 <p>The Buffalo Board of Education is&nbsp; meeting in special session Wednesday afternoon. School board president James Sampson called for the meeting to discuss several topics, including a possible vote on a new chief academic officer.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:55:17 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44117 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo school board to hold special meeting Local philosophers discuss Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine http://news.wbfo.org/post/local-philosophers-discuss-bioethics-and-philosophy-medicine <p>A group of philosophers from several area colleges meet up on a regular basis. They have formed a group called PANTC, which stands for Plato's Academy -- North Tonawanda Campus. In this Focus on Education report,&nbsp; &nbsp; WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with a University at Buffalo professor about why they meet and what they talk about.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:58:04 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44115 at http://news.wbfo.org Local philosophers discuss Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine Summer school program promotes enrichment & learning for city kids http://news.wbfo.org/post/summer-school-program-promotes-enrichment-learning-city-kids <p>About 5,000 Buffalo School children have been attending summer school programs that are engaging them in learning.&nbsp; Say Yes Buffalo is assisting the Buffalo Public School District with summer school. It provided needed funding that allowed for all elementary students to attend.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley visited Native American Magnet School #19 on the city's West Side where school children spent three hours a day on math, reading and enrichment.</p><p></p><p><br /> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 44006 at http://news.wbfo.org Summer school program promotes enrichment & learning for city kids Proposed bill would require college transparency for sexual assaults on campus http://news.wbfo.org/post/proposed-bill-would-require-college-transparency-sexual-assaults-campus <p>In wake of the on-going federal investigation into campuses assaults and rapes U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she's co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation designed to curb sexual assaults on the nation's college campuses.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/campus-sexual-assault">The Campus Accountability &amp; Safety Act</a> contains several provisions.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:24:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley & WBFO Newsroom 43988 at http://news.wbfo.org Proposed bill would require college transparency for sexual assaults on campus International ballet students train in Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/international-ballet-students-train-buffalo <p>The education of students comes in many forms.&nbsp; This summer some international ballet students traveled to Buffalo from Argentina and Uruguay on scholarships to study under Sergio Neglia.&nbsp; WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the teenagers have been taking intense training classes at the Neglia Ballet studio's on Elmwood Avenue.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:44:53 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43987 at http://news.wbfo.org International ballet students train in Buffalo Say Yes gets investment pledge from developers of loft apartment project http://news.wbfo.org/post/say-yes-gets-investment-pledge-developers-loft-apartment-project <p>The Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund is about to receive another infusion of cash. WBFO News has learned that a group of business leaders is pledging to invest some of the profits they earn from a renovation project at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:04:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43962 at http://news.wbfo.org Say Yes gets investment pledge from developers of loft apartment project Park School offers 'common sense' advice on Common Core http://news.wbfo.org/post/park-school-offers-common-sense-advice-common-core <p>After receiving a big response from the public, the Park School of Buffalo will be holding a second Common Sense Approach to Middle School Roundtable Wednesday evening. The school is offering information on education as public schools work to adopt the Common Core Standards.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:00:53 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43963 at http://news.wbfo.org Park School offers 'common sense' advice on Common Core Olmsted Center programs assist blind, visually impaired and disabled http://news.wbfo.org/post/olmsted-center-programs-assist-blind-visually-impaired-and-disabled <p>For more than 100 years, the<a href="http://www.olmstedcenter.org/"> Olmsted Center for Sight </a>has assisted adults and children who are blind, visually impaired and disabled. Each year it serves 2,500 people. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us how the center provides education, job training and retraining for daily living skills.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:27 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43961 at http://news.wbfo.org Olmsted Center programs assist blind, visually impaired and disabled Symposium reflects on 60 years of school desegregation http://news.wbfo.org/post/symposium-reflects-60-years-school-desegregation <p>In commemoration of the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, “Brown v. Board of Education,” a symposium was held at the Central Library in Buffalo Tuesday. The event featured a panel of community stakeholders, discussing how the decision impacted local public schools and neighborhoods. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:37 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 43960 at http://news.wbfo.org Symposium reflects on 60 years of school desegregation Buffalo teen lives out dream to be a chef http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-teen-lives-out-dream-be-chef <p>A Buffalo student suffering from severe juvenile arthritis recently had a chance to live out her dream of becoming a chef. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learns that despite a difficult disease, the teenage girl recently graduated from School 89 in Buffalo and is now ready to enter Hutch Tech as a freshman this fall.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:11:50 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43932 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo teen lives out dream to be a chef 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 Pinnacle parents protest Harvey Austin merger http://news.wbfo.org/post/pinnacle-parents-protest-harvey-austin-merger <p>A small group of parents and supporters turned out last night, trying to mobilize against the school board closing School 115, what was once Pinnacle Charter School. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:44:54 +0000 Mike Desmond 43855 at http://news.wbfo.org Pinnacle parents protest Harvey Austin merger BTF leader says kindergarten 'absolutely critical' http://news.wbfo.org/post/btf-leader-says-kindergarten-absolutely-critical <p>There may be hundreds more kindergartners in Buffalo Public Schools when classes start in six weeks. Kindergarten is now mandatory for 5-year-olds in city schools.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:39:30 +0000 Mike Desmond 43826 at http://news.wbfo.org BTF leader says kindergarten 'absolutely critical' Mandatory kindergarten bill signed for Buffalo schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/mandatory-kindergarten-bill-signed-buffalo-schools <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that allows the Buffalo school board to require mandatory kindergarten attendance for 5-year-old children. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:52:54 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 43807 at http://news.wbfo.org Mandatory kindergarten bill signed for Buffalo schools 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 Hamburg superintendent under police investigation http://news.wbfo.org/post/hamburg-superintendent-under-police-investigation <p>The village of Hamburg police department has begun an investigation into Hamburg Central schools superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:29:18 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 43786 at http://news.wbfo.org Hamburg superintendent under police investigation