Focus on Education http://news.wbfo.org en Parents protest school merger http://news.wbfo.org/post/parents-protest-school-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 Parents protest school merger 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 this issue is across the country.&nbsp; In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with the co-writer of "Educational Delusions?" who says many forms of choice make it a complicated matter.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 43839 at http://news.wbfo.org School choice & civil rights 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 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 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 Charter school prepares for move to Holy Angels site http://news.wbfo.org/post/charter-school-prepares-move-holy-angels-site <p>The Charter School for Applied Technologies is working through the many preparations needed before classes start at the former site of Holy Angels Academy. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:23:38 +0000 Mike Desmond 43767 at http://news.wbfo.org Charter school prepares for move to Holy Angels site Daemen makes list of 'Great Colleges To Work For' http://news.wbfo.org/post/daemen-makes-list-great-colleges-work <p>Daemen College in Amherst has made the Chronicle for Higher Education's "Honor Roll" as one of the Top Ten small four-year institutions to work for in the United States. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:53:35 +0000 Chris Caya 43747 at http://news.wbfo.org Daemen makes list of 'Great Colleges To Work For' Ken-Ton prepares for reorganization http://news.wbfo.org/post/ken-ton-prepares-reorganization <p>The Ken-Ton school district is working through the details as it plans for next year's major reorganization. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:25:04 +0000 Mike Desmond 43690 at http://news.wbfo.org Ken-Ton prepares for reorganization 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 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 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 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