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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Community support is mounting for an Orchard Park High School teen with autism who wants to play football.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says an on-line petition has been posted. 

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It may be more common on a larger college campus or university, but at Canisius College two young women have traveled thousands of miles to attend the school on Main Street in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the students are from Micronesia.

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Thousands of new University at Buffalo students are settling in to dorms on both the North and South campuses.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says about 90-percent moved in Thursday at Goodyear Hall on the South Campus.   

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An Orchard Park High School senior, with autism, has been shut out of eligibility by Section VI to play football this school year.  But the teen's family and State Senator Tim Kennedy are appealing to the State Education Commissioner to reverse that decision.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the teen is eager to play with his team this fall.


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A Lockport woman has been on a mission to collect shoes for Niagara County children in need just before the start of a new school year.  The non-profit organization, Lockport New Beginnings, is hosting the 'Stepping Up Project'. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley say it is helping to improved student attendance. 

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Following a $7 million investment, the Oscar A. Silverman Library in UB's Capen Hall reopened Wednesday. It's a library without books, but has plenty of the computers and open space that modern students have been seeking.


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The continuing debate in Buffalo schools over a policy for transgender students drew such a large crowd Wednesday night that the meeting was moved from the usual, cramped board room to the much larger Common Council Chambers. A heavy security presence added to the evening's tension.


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Erie Community College leaders believe a new STEM building will be key to the college's future success and student careers in science, technology, engineering and math.


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SUNY Buffalo State welcomed another large class of freshman for 'move-in-day' on Tuesday.  It is the third largest class in 25 years with 1,700 freshman are enrolled. The campus was buzzing as everyone moved into the dorms, but not all of the students were from out-of-town.

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If you find a present on your doorstep, it may be from the University at Buffalo. “Doorhanger” kits containing safety reminders, tips on how to be a good neighbor and other useful information will be distributed to about 1,900 homes surrounding the UB South Campus from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday.

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An east side teenager has achieved a top honor with the Boy Scouts. Saturday he will be honored with his Eagle Scout badge. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the teen and his mother about staying focused on a path to success.

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Tempers flared at a public hearing Wednesday to address the Buffalo Public School District's proposed gender policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Merriweather Library on Jefferson on the city's east side was packed for the second of two hearings.

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Some schools are getting a high-tech boost for the new school year.  EdTech of Western New York is working to wire 12-area schools for the upcoming school year.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says one of the schools is Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo.  

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Students at one Buffalo Public school are expected to be wearing school uniforms this fall.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports refugee and immigrant students at Lafayette International Community High School and their families have embraced the idea. 

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As minority students become a majority in public schools, there are still disproportionate numbers of minority teachers in the classroom. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked two top state education leaders about trying to attract more students of color to consider the teaching profession. 

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The state’s education commissioner, Mary Ellen Elia, said she’s fighting a proposal by her predecessor, now the federal education secretary, John King, to punish schools with a high opt-out rate from the standardized tests.

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The University of Buffalo has been placed on a federal list of other colleges and universities nationwide that are under investigation for campus sexual assaults.

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A major focus on improving reading for students in Buffalo Public schools is underway.  Mayor Byron Brown is calling on those ages’ 50-years and older to become reading tutors. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's a chance to help city school students become better readers.

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It is estimated that between five and seven percent of the Buffalo Public School population is homeless.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us some of those homeless students will be heading to college later this month.  

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Two of the state's top education leaders appeared at the University at Buffalo Tuesday. It was one of four stops on a state-wide 'listen tour' to promote the TeachNY initiative. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the discussion center around a teacher shortage. 


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Getting all the basic items needed to live in a college dorm room can be costly. State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo kicked off a 'dorm drive' for Say Yes Buffalo students Tuesday outside the Say Yes offices on Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

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After a major negotiations victory, the head of the Buffalo Teachers Federation said there could be a contract in time for a mass meeting of teachers in September.

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will be bringing her campaign to support teachers to the University at Buffalo Tuesday. Zimpher will be leading a public forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UB's at Hayes Hall on UB's South Campus. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is also expected to appear. Zimpher is hosting listening tours as part of TeachNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve the way teachers are prepared and address the teacher shortage. 

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The Dignity for All Students Act, or DASA, looks to create a supportive education environment for all students. Some officials in the Buffalo School District believe it can help curb bullying in city schools.


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Education groups, dismayed by the federal education secretary’s threat to punish schools in New York with high opt-out rates for standardized tests, say he is re-igniting the controversy that state education officials have been trying to calm for the past year.

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A program that provides added staffing support in some city classrooms received a federal funding boost.  U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins delivered a more than $3.4 million federal grant to The Service Collaborative of Western New York for the AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education, known as ABLE.  ABLE members will provide social, emotional and behavior assistance in classrooms.  

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A workshop on school violence provided Buffalo School members a forum to share their perspectives on the issue. Despite their differences, all agreed that something needs to be done.


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Since the federal government issued guidance this past spring directing public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms that match their gender identity, districts like Buffalo drafted a proposed policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the executive director of The Pride Center of Western New York about assisting with that policy.

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The new leader of the Buffalo Board of Education has called for a ‘working session’ to discuss the impact of violence and safety in city schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports session is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Parents are being reminded that any child entering 7th or 12th grade must have received a shot of meningitis vaccine before September 1 this year. Without proof of vaccination, they will not be allowed to start school.

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