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Third through eighth graders are scheduled to take the English Language Arts next week. Last year 60,000 students opted out across the state, refusing to take the Common Core standardized tests. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the latest Brookings Institution study finds opting out would most likely be "inconsequential."

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An expert on modern wars says the situation in the Middle East is so tangled because there are so many players and so many interests. Peter Singer of the Brookings Institution spoke Wednesday at Canisius College.

Policy adviser Bruce Katz speaks at Buffalo City Forum

Mar 14, 2012
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When Governor Andrew Cuomo promised a “billion for Buffalo” earlier this year, he promised to draw on the expertise of Bruce Katz with the Brookings Institution.

“There already is a buzz nationally about the Buffalo billion,” Katz told the crowd of 200 at “Buffalo City Forum” on Wednesday at WNED’s downtown studios.

In his address, he hinted at his vision for how the billion will be spent.

The Buffalo metro area contains about six percent of state’s jobs and population. The ultimate goal of Cuomo’s billion will be to boost both of numbers and make it stick.