Education

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A Buffalo Public School will once again see a student science project head into orbit next year. Western New York STEM Hub announced the winner of its Space Contest. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with winning student-research team from The International Preparatory School. 

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Some very talented students from area schools are performing live holiday music inside the NFTA's bus terminal in downtown Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there as the NFTA kicked off The Sound of the Season Friday.

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Buffalo schools and the city started a series of public meetings last night, looking for public reaction to proposals for a field house for city schools' indoor sports.


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An Orchard Park assisted living facility is making sure there are plenty of holiday entertainment events for residents this month. Nardin Academy elementary students performed this week before a large crowd of residents at Orchard Heights on Chestnut Ridge Road. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Nardin senior choir delivered a special holiday concert.  


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New York State Regent Catherine Collins, who represents the Western New York region, is calling for more intervention to help districts better handle suspensions of black students. A statewide report on student suspensions was issued earlier this week. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Collins is calling it a "critical area" of concern. 

The state Board of Regents has recommended that an additional $2.1 billion be spent on schools next year, and that a 12-year-old court order to fully fund schools be phased in over the next three years.

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Black students at Buffalo Public Schools are twice as likely to be suspended as white students. That is according to results of a new report issued Monday by The New York Equity Coalition.  Niagara Falls City School rates also have high rates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction from both districts.


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Two newly opened charter schools in Buffalo received a funding boost Monday. Evans Bank delivered a total of $250,000 as the bank’s ‘signature community education’ investment in supporting the schools “Building Excellent School’s” program’s.   

Graduate students stipends were the topic of both discussion and protest at Monday’s meeting of the University at Buffalo Council.

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Test score results are going to the SUNY Board of Trustees Monday, saying SUNY-chartered schools are doing better than regular public schools.

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There is an increase in the number of enrolled students from underrepresented groups attending UB's medical school this semester.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with some of those students to discuss the upswing. 


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The Park School of Buffalo issued a report into an investigation that reveals decades of alleged sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships between former faculty and students.

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A new anti-bullying book debuts in Buffalo Friday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a local book, authored by New York State Regent Catherine Collins of Buffalo.

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More college students are being treated for mental health issues.  That is according to a study recently published by the American Psychiatric Association.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says depression and anxiety are high among college students. 

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A new report finds 29-percent of school superintendents across New York State said their school districts lack enough school psychologists to help students with mental health needs.  Surveys were issued to superintendents and school psychologists from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSBA) and the New York Association of School Psychologists. The report is titled Of Sound Mind: Do schools have enough mental health support staff to meet student need?

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The deadline to apply to attend a Buffalo Public School is this Friday, December 7th.  One Buffalo parent recently hit a snag, but as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, the school district has made important changes. 

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An elementary school in the Williamsville Central School District has a mental health team in place. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently met with the group of teachers to discuss how they are working to meet the needs of their students. 

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The leader of the New York State Board of Regents recently directed State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and the State Education Department to return with a proposal to extend the moratorium that would de-link student assessments from teacher evaluations for one year. This would provide a one year extension for the 2019-2020 school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with State Regent Catherine Collins about involving teachers in creating better teacher evaluations.

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Western New York Maritime Charter School wants to build a high school and gym complex on Buffum Street in South Buffalo, partially on what was once a Seneca Nation cemetery. Archeologists hired to investigate are close to finishing the first phase of their study.

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More than 100-educators from across the eight counties of Western New York gathered at the Teaching to Change the World Conference held at Erie One Boces in West Seneca. It was presented by The Summer Institute for Human Rights of Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says educators learned about human rights.     

School Closings: Wed. 11/28/18

Nov 28, 2018
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A travel advisory has been issued for Cattaraugus County. Officials are advising no unecessary travel. Seneca Nation government is closed. All state and county courts in Chautauqua County are closed for the day and non-essential county employees are not required to report to work. The public should call county offices before planning to conduct business today. In Erie County, the Collins Public Library is closed and many area schools closings have been announced, as well:

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A Buffalo Public School is the first in the city to launch a Book Vending Machine. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at the Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61 tossed a token and made a book selection.


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The Hamburg Central School District is mourning the loss of a kindergarten student. 5-year-old James Walsh was accidently struck by a vehicle as his father was backing out of the driveway on Thanksgiving Day.

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An anti-bullying organization continues gaining ground with its work at area schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says in just over a year the Devin's Message Foundation has been attracting national help to stop student bullying.   

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra delivered an special holiday concert for students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf Wednesday morning at the school on Main Street. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this was the 32-year the BPO performed at the school.

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Say Yes Buffalo is providing another support that will help students prepare for careers while in college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the organization received a $250,000 grant from The Citi Foundation to help students gain access to internship programs. 

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Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas wants to ease the burden of college costs for some students. Thomas appeared Tuesday morning with his wife Patti Thomas and SUNY ECC president Dan Hocoy on the downtown campus, announcing a new collaboration to provide scholarships for disadvantage students.

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The Canisius College athlete, who had a GoFundMe page set up to assist her with college expenses, said she's decided to stop receiving donations. Emily Scheck, 19, said she was disowned by her parents after they learned she is gay.

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo has announced it received a $1 million gift. It is the largest single donation in the school’s history.

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Art educators from across the state wrapped up a three-day conference in downtown Buffalo Sunday. The New York State Art Teachers Association Conference (NYSATA) celebrated their 70th anniversary. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with some of the art educators about challenges and their work in the classroom. 

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