Focus on Education http://news.wbfo.org en Community Music School in Buffalo celebrates 90th anniversary http://news.wbfo.org/post/community-music-school-buffalo-celebrates-90th-anniversary <p>The <a href="http://communitymusicbuffalo.org/">Community Music School </a>has been providing music lessons to individuals in Buffalo for 90 years. The school will be celebrating its anniversary with a big event Thursday night in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41666 at http://news.wbfo.org Community Music School in Buffalo celebrates 90th anniversary Two school board candidates ruled off ballot http://news.wbfo.org/post/two-school-board-candidates-ruled-ballot <p>A second candidate running for one of three at-large seats on the Buffalo Board of Education was removed from the ballot Tuesday due to a lack of valid signatures. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:55:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41650 at http://news.wbfo.org Two school board candidates ruled off ballot Search for next Buffalo State president narrowing http://news.wbfo.org/post/search-next-buffalo-state-president-narrowing <p>The search for a new president of Buffalo State College is down to the finalists and the first will be on campus Monday for a tour and questions. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:05:53 +0000 Mike Desmond 41624 at http://news.wbfo.org Search for next Buffalo State president narrowing 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 School Board candidates debate education issues http://news.wbfo.org/post/school-board-candidates-debate-education-issues-0 <p>With the fight over three at-large seats on the Buffalo school board heating up and the election three weeks away, ten of the candidates turned up last night before a large crowd in First Shiloh Baptist Church on Thursday night. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:39:22 +0000 Mike Desmond 41569 at http://news.wbfo.org School Board candidates debate education issues State rejects transformation plans for two city schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/state-rejects-transformation-plans-two-city-schools <p>Buffalo school officials need to get back to the drawing board after the state Education Department rejected plans to transform Bennett High School into a science and technology school. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:04:15 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 41548 at http://news.wbfo.org State rejects transformation plans for two city 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 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 Massive school reconstruction project coming to an end http://news.wbfo.org/post/massive-school-reconstruction-project-coming-end <p>Buffalo's vast school rehab program is winding down, with the Joint Schools Construction Board slated to go out of business June 30. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:44:21 +0000 Mike Desmond 41485 at http://news.wbfo.org Massive school reconstruction project coming to an end 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 Schumer urges restoration of school safety cuts http://news.wbfo.org/post/schumer-urges-restoration-school-safety-cuts <p>U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the Department of Education to restore federal funding for school safety programs. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:00:52 +0000 Chris Caya 41467 at http://news.wbfo.org Schumer urges restoration of school safety cuts Building a mobile solar house on UB's South Campus http://news.wbfo.org/post/building-mobile-solar-house-ubs-south-campus <p>A mobile, solar house GRoW house<strong> </strong>is being constructed on the University at Buffalo's South Campus.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:26:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41459 at http://news.wbfo.org Building a mobile solar house on UB's South Campus 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 Ogilvie to retire from Erie 1 BOCES http://news.wbfo.org/post/ogilvie-retire-erie-1-boces <p>A respected educator who has made his mark locally is retiring.&nbsp; Donald Ogilvie, district superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES, will step down in July.&nbsp; Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:31:12 +0000 Mark Scott 41406 at http://news.wbfo.org Ogilvie to retire from Erie 1 BOCES School Board seeks approval for mandatory kindergarten http://news.wbfo.org/post/school-board-seeks-approval-mandatory-kindergarten <p>There was some name-calling and a call for a basic change in city schools Wednesday night, as the Buffalo Board of Education held a meeting at the Makowski School. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41387 at http://news.wbfo.org School Board seeks approval for mandatory kindergarten 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 Bishop won't be swayed by parent protests over school closings http://news.wbfo.org/post/bishop-wont-be-swayed-parent-protests-over-school-closings <p>Two days after a protest outside his Oakland Place mansion, Bishop Richard Malone says his mind won't be changed on the closing of ten Catholic Schools in the diocese.&nbsp; Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Mark Scott 41347 at http://news.wbfo.org Bishop won't be swayed by parent protests over school closings 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 King downplays opt out numbers in state testing http://news.wbfo.org/post/king-downplays-opt-out-numbers-state-testing <p>Thousands of parents in New York opted to pull their children from Common Core standardized testing last week.&nbsp; Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:39:16 +0000 Mark Scott 41319 at http://news.wbfo.org King downplays opt out numbers in state testing Mayor touts achievements of Say Yes Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/mayor-touts-achievements-say-yes-buffalo <p>"Say Yes Buffalo" is being used as a model that other education stakeholders across the nation can use to improve college attainment rates.&nbsp; Mayor Byron Brown traveled to Los Angeles to address a national conference on how "Say Yes" is working to increase the number of Buffalo students heading to college. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:33:53 +0000 Mark Scott 41318 at http://news.wbfo.org Mayor touts achievements of Say Yes Buffalo Science Week begins in Buffalo schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/science-week-begins-buffalo-schools <p>The Buffalo Public School District's first Science Week kicks off&nbsp; Monday at School 19, the Native American Magnet School, with students showing what they are learning in an innovative program. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:58:14 +0000 Mike Desmond 41289 at http://news.wbfo.org Science Week begins in Buffalo schools School Board fires two administrators over lack of certifications http://news.wbfo.org/post/school-board-fires-two-administrators-over-lack-certifications <p>The Buffalo school district is parting ways with two top administrators who do not have the proper state certifications to carry out their duties.&nbsp; Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:58:00 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 41204 at http://news.wbfo.org School Board fires two administrators over lack of certifications 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’ Ken-Ton board votes to close three schools http://news.wbfo.org/post/ken-ton-board-votes-close-three-schools <p>Two years into a study about the Kenmore-Tonawanda Public school system, and the school board voted Tuesday night to close three schools. The closings are scheduled for the fall of 2016. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41176 at http://news.wbfo.org Ken-Ton board votes to close three schools 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' Protesters rally against Common Core tests http://news.wbfo.org/post/protesters-rally-against-common-core-tests <p>Opponents of New York's standardized tests were picketing outside Williamsville North High School Monday, attacking a district policy that students who don't take the tests are required to "sit and stare." Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41156 at http://news.wbfo.org Protesters rally against Common Core tests 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