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President Trump's suggestion that schools would be safer with more armed teachers did not draw support from at least two people who have expertise on the subject.

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Clarence High School students led a rally against gun violence in schools Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says dozens of students held a peaceful demonstration at the corner of Harris Hill and Wehrle Drive in Clarence.

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A new multi-state report is being released Wednesday revealing how communities can combat racism by providing Loving Systems for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the new Loving Cities Index measured how Buffalo is doing to support student success.

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In Buffalo, about one-third of all residents have no computer access. That reality impacts city classrooms as students contend with the digital divide. Efforts are underway to overcome that deficit.

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At least 100 students at City Honors High School walked out of class early Friday, in protest of planned teacher cuts at the Buffalo school.


Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a written statement, says there is no tolerance in New York State for threats of violence against schools, real or hoax. Arrests have been made after "copycat threats" were reported in two Western New York school districts, two days after a shooter opened fire at a Florida High School.

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This week's deadly mass shooting at a high school in Florida, the 18th incident involving a gun on a school's grounds in the U.S. this year, is again raising questions about how other schools may prepare and react in the event trouble comes to their campus. WBFO spoke with a local defensive strategy trainer and a local longtime social worker to hear their thoughts.


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A legal fight between the Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation over a plan to transfer teachers from City Honors will return to court next week, when the district will file papers challenging a restraining order obtained by the BTF.


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After an afternoon protest and an evening school board meeting, the fight over pulling teachers out of City Honors School is in State Supreme Court again Thursday morning.

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Top Buffalo Public schools officials will be huddling Thursday morning to talk about the mass shooting in Florida and how it might affect active shooter plans in city schools.


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Albany is closing Buffalo's academically-challenged Oracle Charter School.

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City Honors parents in Buffalo say planned teacher cuts at their school would cause a major disruption for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this all revolves around a dispute over non-teaching duties. She spoke to a parent, the city school district and Buffalo Teachers Federation. 

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is crying foul over a district decision to reduce the number of teachers at City Honors.

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Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash tells WBFO the Regents diploma rates released Wednesday by the New York State Education Department are "modest gains," but "good news" for city schools.

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Four medical students from the University of Puerto Rico, whose studies and research were interrupted by Hurricane Maria last fall, will have the opportunity to restore and resume their work in Buffalo, with the help of the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.


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A new program was launched Wednesday to reduce high teen pregnancy rates in Erie County.  HOPE Buffalo is in collaboration with United Way and the Erie County Health Department.

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Buffalo Public Schools are looking at spending $42 million on major projects over the next four years, with the first three years paid for by refinancing loans used for the $1.5 billion school rehab plan. At the same time, the district is not certain the schools being worked on today are the schools of the future.

The prospect of going to college for little or no money is paying off for SUNY and CUNY, with statewide applications up - a lot.

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Tapestry Charter School in north Buffalo remains on target to open a new K-through-five elementary school building this August.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the final steel beam was installed on the building Tuesday.   

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Niagara County emergency crews were called to Lewiston-Porter High School Tuesday morning.

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U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins has announced a federal grant of more than $11.54 million for Head Start programs in Western New York. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this will reach children who are being served in Community Action Organization (CAO) of Western New York classrooms in Erie and Niagara Counties. 

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The University of Rochester researchers who are embroiled in a legal battle with the university over allegations of sexual harassment have filed a lengthy rebuttal to a report issued last month as part of an independent investigation.

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Whole child teams are in place in the Buffalo Public school district working to improve behavior among students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the issue of disruptive student behavior surfaced last week when the Buffalo Teachers Federation issued results of a student behavior survey.  

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Word has surfaced Friday that the Board of Trustees at Nichols School in Buffalo has agreed to change the name of the school's ice rink. 

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An administrator has been placed on leave in the Salamanca City Central School District. The information is posted in an on-line in a news release dated January 31.

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Are you interested in teaching in Buffalo schools? Can you start right away? Can you fill out an application today and potentially be available for an interview tomorrow? Buffalo Public Schools are in a hiring mood.


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Some Buffalo Public school parents say they believe the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is attempting to 'sabotage progress' in the city school district. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says members of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) have two major concerns.

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This weekend WNED is hosting KidFest. It will feature the popular PBS Kids character Daniel Tiger. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is being used in some preschool classrooms to help develop social and life skills.

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The long-time organization known as Computers for Children has launched a major re-branding effort. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it continues to expand its educational reach for students. 

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