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Buffalo Public Schools are considering starting up an all-male school to deal with academic achievement problems.

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Kiarre Harris of Buffalo is making a federal case out of home-schooling her two children.

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The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County held its first ever stakeholders breakfast in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday. The organization tells WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley it is working to reach out to community providers to help prevent suicides. 

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A Buffalo woman who lost custody of her children for educational neglect spoke out at Thursday’s Buffalo Common Council Education Committee meeting.

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As a parent, how would you react if your child received a "D" or an "F" on their report card? In the first half of this school year, half of students in Buffalo Public Schools received one of those two grades.

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Buffalo parents in the District Parent Coordinating Council have filed a petition with the State Department of Education demanding the removal of School Board Member Carl Paladino for what they call "his history of racist, incendiary and destructive behavior," including his most recent published statements about the Obamas.

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While Buffalo schools are looking for millions of dollars more from Albany in the annual school aid budget fight, the district is diving into the intricacies of its spending and hoping to knock millions off its costs.

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To the best of the knowledge of Buffalo schools sports leaders, in 2016 three city athletes won scholarships to Division One or Division Two schools. They say the low number is the result of weak academic rules, bad facilities and a shortage of high-quality coaches.

Carl Paladino says there are no lingering problems with the president-elect's transition team over his widely condemned comments insulting President Barack Obama and his wife. The co-chair of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in New York is refuting reports that he is on the outs with the transition team and unwelcome at a fundraiser Thursday in Buffalo.

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The Buffalo School Board moved again Wednesday for the removal of Park Board Member Carl Paladino. The Board approved the hiring of Syracuse-area lawyer Frank Miller to handle the application to the New York State Education Commissioner.

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Bennett High School may have won the Section VI Class A high school championship, but will not have a chance to repeat next season. The school will not have a varsity football team - a casualty of reorganizing the school.

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Carefully avoiding saying the words "Donald Trump," education activists Tuesday night said they are standing up for all children, no matter their race, origin, gender or national origin. The event was at Lafayette High School, where leaders reaffirmed safety, acceptance and diversity.

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In a review of Buffalo Public schools in receivership, the New York State Education Department said some of the city's most troubled schools are meeting their own goals for improvement.

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Call it the "Trump effect," the aftermath of the Presidential election of Donald Trump. It is being felt in many classrooms across the country. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to one Buffalo Public high school principal about how students have been reacting.  

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Class attendance in Buffalo schools is inching up, perhaps slowly.

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It's done. It may have taken more than 12 years, but a teacher contract is finally in place in the Buffalo Public School system. However, Park District School Board Member Carl Paladino is threatening to go to court over being shut down when he wanted answers to questions during a board meeting.


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The Buffalo Board of Education emerged from executive session and approved a tentative contract deal for city school teachers in a vote of 7-2 early Monday night.  

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It is a work in progress, but Buffalo Public Schools are racing to get some key parts of its community schools program up and running. WBFO's Mike Desmond was at Bennett High School Wednesday for a meeting on where the program is and where it is headed.

School bells ring again for thousands of WNY youngsters

Sep 6, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For countless Western New York children, summer vacation has ended and it's back to class. In Buffalo, the superintendent of public schools led special guests in a tour of selected schools while urging parents to make sure their children are in class one day one, and every day after.

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They are part of Buffalo Public Schools' community schools program: parent centers, aimed at helping both parents and students, will be featured when the new school year opens in September.

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Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash was able to bring together the entire Board of Education at last night's meeting. The board unanimously approved his first-year evaluation and a contract extension.

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After Buffalo's Board of Education largely ignored an expert's recommendations on correcting the District's Civil Rights violations - some parents are seeking federal help.

The current Buffalo school board majority may be losing power at the end of this month, but it is certainly going down fighting.

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A former administrator with the Buffalo Public School District has admitted to stealing government funds.  Debbie Buckley, 56, of Niagara Falls appeared in federal court in Buffalo Wednesday and pled guilty to the theft of Title One funding. 

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While Buffalo School Board meetings often devolve into rants, targeting blame for the many troubles inside the city's educational system, Wednesday night's session took a moment to highlight success. Two students have won college scholarships through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

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The Buffalo Public School District is beginning to launch new community schools that revive former failing schools. As WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley tell us these new innovative high schools are expected to create more equity in providing quality education to more students.

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It's an attempt to create a "Culture of Literacy," as Buffalo schools race to have every student coming up to fourth grade reading proficiently.


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As the so-called 'opt out' movement is expected to rev up with next week's English Arts Assessment, one Buffalo Public school is encouraging students to take the tests. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked to the principal at West Hertel Academy. 

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The Buffalo Common Council's Education Committee continues searching for answers on school bus safety. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says district officials will return next month with a full presentation.

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An important Black history lesson was delivered to some Buffalo Public school students. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the author of The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills visited three city schools Monday.

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