Education

Education reports on WBFO are part of American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities keep more students on the path to graduation.

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Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora has been offering some of its students a chance to apply for a unique international ethics program.  It's called Fellowships at Auschwitz (FASPE).  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with a local priest and deacon who both attended the ethical training program.       

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Buffalo City Ballet is raising funds to construct a brand new dance center on the city's east side. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo organization has been providing professional ballet training to inner city children for nearly 45 years.  

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Erie One BOCES is expanding its welding training program in the Town of Tonawanda—another sign of increasing interest in vocational education or what is currently called career and technical education.

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Members of the State Assembly held a public hearing in Albany Wednesday to try to figure out how to make college more affordable. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the hearing was held the same week SUNY is discussing a possible tuition increase.  

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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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West Buffalo Charter School students had a chance to meet an Olympic winner Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Amherst native Emily Regan, who captured a gold medal at the Rio Olympics on the U.S. Women's Rowing team, talked about her success. 

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A language specialist in the Buffalo Public school district says the biggest challenge for refugee students is communicating with their fellow classmates. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, they are encouraged to preserve their native languages. 

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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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In the midst of applying for colleges a City Honors High School student is juggling a busy ballet schedule.  WBFO's senior reporter says the student has been rehearsing for a role in Neglia Ballet's  Nutcracker premiering Saturday night at Shea's Performing Arts Center with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.


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Students at the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center in Buffalo participated in an anti-bullying event Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was part of the completion of a program called "Dignified Dissenters."

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There has been another racist incident on a local college campus. Two Daemen College students were placed on suspension after a male student wore a costume that resembled a KKK outfit inside Canavan Hall Monday night. A second student, who helped dress him, was also suspended. 

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A Buffalo native has been named as the next president of St. Bonaventure University. Dr. Dennis DePerro was introduced to the campus community Monday morning at a news conference in the University’s Quick Center that was live streamed.   

Niagara University

Prospective Niagara University students from rural communities in Central and Western New York will have a better shot at earning a scholarship.

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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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A new Siena Research Poll shows how far reaching cyberbullying is among teens throughout the state. In Western New York 19-percent of teens surveyed say they've been cyberbullied. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended an anti-cyberbullying event at City Honors in Buffalo Friday morning.

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The University at Buffalo continues to rank among the top 25 universities for enrolling international students. Earlier this week, the Institute of International Education released its Open Doors report, ranking UB 21st among American colleges and universities for international enrollment. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us UB is preparing to expand its recruitment effort.

School of Management / University at Buffalo

Bloomberg Businessweek is out with its annual ranking of Best Business Schools 2016 in the United States. The only local school to make the list of 87 is the University at Buffalo - up from 60 in 2015 to 47 this year.

Since the presidential election of Donald Trump, there have been reported cases of racial bigotry found on some SUNY campuses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with a SUNY student leader about the issue.    

Tas Cru is not your everyday blues musician. As an award-winning blues song-writer, performer and educator, Cru was recently in Buffalo as part of an innovative distance learning writing program. Cru talked about the program with WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe.


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There will be no changes for standardized tests for 3rd through 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics at least for the next couple of years. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and members of the Board of Regents announced Monday the length of those tests will remain at three days this and next school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the reaction.

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Now that the Buffalo School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation resolved a lengthy contract dispute, what's next for the long-time union leader? In this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley that BTF President Phil Rumore is reviewing his options.   

Cornell University trustees have chosen the provost of the University of Michigan as the Ivy League school's new president.

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Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke is proposing legislation that would mandate aides on all school buses.


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D'Youville College on Buffalo West Side is placing its undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs on hold for at least the next three years. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college is ready to restructure the program, but current students are not pleased. 

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Canisius College in Buffalo has suspended students involved in an incident of a black baby doll found on campus earlier this week.    

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

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As more and more schools hook up to high-tech, digital learning, school libraries are dramatically changing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited Canisius High School in Buffalo to check out the newly renovated library.   


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An organization recently released a state-wide campaign that says 'standards are working'.  High Achievement New York, known as HANY, works to help schools, teachers, students and parents to make sure learning standards are the best.  But with all the fall-out over Common Core, some school districts, like Buffalo struggle with the high expectations.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with HANY's Executive Director Stephen Sigmund and President of the District Parent Coordinating Council in Buffalo Sam Radford.   

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Some local college students say they never registered to vote because they're so unhappy with the candidates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with students at Medaille College in Buffalo to discuss Tuesday's historic election.    

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Two Buffalo Public schools are in a 'healthy competition' and it's all about fitness.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at West Hertel Elementary demonstrated new fit activity kits that are 'fitbits for kids'.  

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