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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The University at Buffalo held a celebration ceremony Friday morning to rededicate Hayes Hall on the south campus on Main Street. UB completed a $44 million renovation that started in 2010 and was completed this year. Hayes Hall is home to UB's School of Architecture and Planning. The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Supervisor of Art Education for the Buffalo Public School District will be honored Sunday by the National Football League.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Michele Agosto will be receiving the Buffalo Bills Hispanic Heritage Leadership award.

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Say Yes Buffalo continues to play a key role in supporting new services in the city school district.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says those services were outlined at Wednesday Say Yes Community Leadership Council Meeting.   

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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.

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Proposed changes are in the works for New York State's ELA and Math  Common Core Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the State Education Department issued the proposed Common Core changes at every grade level,-from pre-school through 12th grade Wednesday.  

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Both sides remain at the table in the on-going Buffalo teachers contract dispute.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with city Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash Wednesday morning for an update.

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A special celebration was held at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Tuesday to honor the founder of the school. If you drive by the school on Kenmore Avenue in Kenmore you will see a large, bronze statue of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.  

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Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, who is running for the 60th New York State Senate seat, says Buffalo school students are spending too much time on school buses every day. Jacobs stood outside the North Park Academy Tuesday calling for a return to neighborhood and community schools in the city.

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An arbitrator has ruled against the Buffalo Board of Education's removal of the cosmetic surgery rider in its teachers' union contract.

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This fall marks the start of an historic school year for the University at Buffalo Law School as the school makes public its largest ever fundraising campaign has been surpassed. Announced Monday in a UB press release, the fundraising campaign that began seven years ago has made its mark at the $30 million goal.

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A New York court has thrown out a lawsuit against the state brought by eight small city school districts that could have meant millions of dollars annually in additional school aid.

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So far this new school year the Buffalo Public School District has enrolled more than 800 new immigrant and refugee students to attend city schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the District has added Cultural Resource specialists to welcome families into the school district.

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The C-SPAN Campaign 2016-Bus Tour is visiting western New York today.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there as it rolled up at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts School Monday morning.  

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As college students deal with the cost of higher education, the private schools are working hard to keep enrollment levels stable. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Daemen College in Amherst has experienced an increase in its enrollment.

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As the Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools makes major changes in the way the school system operates, he is now asking for changes in the way parents and students deal with school and education.  

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National Welcoming Week kicks off Friday around the United States to welcome immigrants and refugees into communities. In Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown and city Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash appeared together Friday morning at the school district's Central Registration office. It is where they recognized the work of new Cultural Resource specialists.

SUNY ends 'felony' checkbox on student applications

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Leaders of New York's public university system say they have struck the right balance between college access and student safety with their decision to stop asking applicants about their criminal history.

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The debate continues over a proposed gender-identity policy for the Buffalo Public School District.  Once again Wednesday night about 30-speakers lined at the school board meeting to speak both for and against the gender-identity policy.  Much of the debate last night centered on the treatment of transgender city school students.

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Buffalo public schools are proposing to spend $56 million over the next three years for major upgrades of the district's computer system and providing a computer for every student.


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President Obama's initiative called Computer Science for All is making progress.  A White House summit was held Wednesday.  The effort is to make sure ALL American students from kindergarten through high school learn computer science.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, SUNY Buffalo State was cited in the President's 'fact sheet'.

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This school year marks the 125th anniversary of Nichols School in Buffalo.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us while the coed, private, prep school is embracing its past, the campus is working to become more diverse and innovative in attracting future students.

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Some local colleges and universities are cited by  U.S. News and World  Report in its 2017 America’s Best Colleges rankings. The University at Buffalo remains in the 'top 50' for the third year in a row for public colleges.

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The New State Education Department has awarded $95 million in School Improvement Grants to 39-Priority Schools statewide. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says six Buffalo Public Schools are included in these federal grants to support academic outcomes for students.   

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With children spending more time on computer and mobile devices and less time playing, a Kenmore school now has mandatory recess.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports students at St. John the Baptist School are loving the free time to play.  

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Students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo received a technology upgrade Friday that will enhance their STEM learning. National Grid gas donated 10 Atlas laptop computers from Bak USA to the school. 


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Parents in Albany, Yonkers and New York City are suing Governor Cuomo's Division of Budget asking for the immediate release of receivership grants promised to nine struggling schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the lawsuit will affect three Buffalo Public Schools.  

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Late last week New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia reversed a decision allowing an 18-year-old Orchard Park teen with autism to temporarily play football. Jacob Kohler will continue to play on the Orchard Park High School varsity team while his case is appealed.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Commissioner Elia during an appearance at Daemen College in Amherst Thursday about her decision. 

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New students at Daemen College received advice from one of the state's top education leaders. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was the keynote speaker Thursday at Daemen's Convocation  2016 ceremony. 

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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) has issued a new set of goals to deal with several major issues from reducing class size to improving family engagement.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with Co-chairs Larry Scott and Roberta Kates and Secretary Kate Haq. They believe the once failing city school district is now headed in the 'right direction'. 

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Catholic Bishops across New York State are urging Catholics to vote in this November's elections, but they are asking students to make sure their parents are registered to vote. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo met with 8th grade students at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew Wednesday.

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