Education

Focus on Education
8:56 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Advocates launch effort to transfer more students out of failing city schools

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A campaign is getting underway to encourage parents to transfer their children out of failing Buffalo Public Schools.

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Local
4:55 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Albany budget battles to focus on education issues

Inside a Buffalo classroom.
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The Senate and Assembly are set to begin conference committee meetings today, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions.

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Focus on Education
8:43 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Regents vote being tied to Common Core frustration

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Senate Republicans say they will break a long standing tradition of boycotting the election of new Regents. They now say they will attend a joint legislative session and that many will vote 'no' over dissatisfaction with the Common Core. It is uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be reelected. 

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Local
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Cuomo, de Blasio speak at dueling education rallies in Albany

Gov. Cuomo led one of two rallies Tuesday in Albany.
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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at dueling rallies on education at the State Capitol Tuesday that highlighted the two politicians’ differences over education issues.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Advocates say lack of money at core of schools' struggles

AQE's Billy Easton, CFE's David Sciarra and Assembly Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan (D-Queens) discuss the need for more school funding.
Credit Karen DeWitt

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

The deadline for the state budget is approaching and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates said Monday they have gathered evidence for potentially another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.

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Focus on Education
2:52 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Shea's initiative to help low-income schools create musical theater programs

Students from Academy of the Theater Arts kick off Shea's Junior Theater Celebration.
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Shea’s Performing Arts announced Wednesday that they will help bring musical theater programs to underperforming elementary schools across the Buffalo-Niagara region.

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Focus on Education
9:27 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Bennett says Regents taking Common Core delay request seriously

Regents Bob Bennett.
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A local member of the state Board of Regents says the board will be taking a close look next week at the State Legislature's request to delay Common Core standards for two years.

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Focus on Education
10:31 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Forum attendees support Common Core delay

Parents like Laura Hafner gathered at West Seneca East High School Tuesday to talk about Common Core.
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The Common Core educational standards have to go, along with high-stakes testing and state and national collections of student data, said people attending a tense meeting Tuesday night in West Seneca East High School.

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Focus on Education
5:19 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Legislative leaders call for delay in Common Core standards

Legislative leaders in Albany are questioning the implementation of Common Core.
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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

The leaders of the New York State Legislature are urging the State Board of Regents to delay the effects of the new federal Common Core standards for at least another two years.

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Tour will include Monroe Community College
10:56 am
Sun January 26, 2014

VP Biden to make stop in Rochester

Vice President Joseph Biden
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A member of the White House will be making a stop in Western New York this week. Vice President Joe Biden will be visiting Rochester on Wednesday.

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Local
8:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Cuomo's budget phases in pre-K, tax cuts

Governor Cuomo outlined his $137.2 billion spending plan Tuesday.
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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2014-2015 state budget Tuesday. The $137.2 billion spending plan includes more money for schools, including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs. It would also freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments cooperate.

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Focus on Education
6:15 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Lawmakers call for the passage of Invest in Education tax credit

Education Investment Tax Credit
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Western New York lawmakers are calling for passage of the Invest in Education tax credit.

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Focus on Education
9:47 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Elmwood Village Charter School looking to expand

Elmwood Village Charter School is looking to expand
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Buffalo's Elmwood Village Charter School wants to expand its Days Park building upwards, as its ranks of students expand.

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Education
10:10 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Lower enrollment forcing reorganization of Catholic schools

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After a lengthy review process, the Diocese of Buffalo is going to announce big changes this week for its Catholic Elementary Schools in what is being called a "School Revitalization Plan."

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Education
3:07 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Proposed bills aim to address issues with Common Core

Children learning at school.
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Lawmakers will introduce a package of bills during the 2014 Legislative Session that aim to address issues concerning the Common Core learning standards.

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Education
2:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Lackawanna students enjoy STEM-themed rap performance

The "Grand Hank" brings Lackawanna students on stage during his STEM presentation.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A Scientist known as the “Grand Hank” took to the stage at Lackawanna High School Wednesday to promote STEM education.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Census Bureau ranks upstate districts based on poverty

A western New York public school.
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Orchard Park has the third-lowest poverty rate of the 455 school districts in upstate New York, according to Business First’s analysis of new Census Bureau data.

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Education
5:31 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Union blames tax cap for school spending inequality

New York State United Teacher's.
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Wealthier schools in the state spend 80 percent more on student education than poorer districts. The New York State United Teachers blames the funding inequality in part on the states property tax cap.

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Local
1:37 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Sergio Rodriguez running for school board seat

Sergio Rodriguez has set his sights on another floor of City Hall.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Fresh from losing the mayor's race last month, Sergio Rodriguez is ramping up another campaign.

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Education
12:28 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Day of Action spurs calls for state education reform

West Seneca Superintendent Mark Crawford
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

In a show of solidarity, parents, teachers and students across New York are dressed in blue today as part of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Local high school uses Twitter to engage students in reading

Dr. Javon Hunter, Edward White, Anthony Carrero, and Heidie Caraway.
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Students from a local charter school recently took part in their first ever Twitter-based book club.  The project aims to promote reading through a digital platform familiar to most young people.

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Local
8:53 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Ethiopian Bishop brings message to WNY

Archbishop Berhaneyesus Souraphiel addressed a gathering at Niagara University Tuesday.
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For the Catholic archbishop of the East African country of Ethiopia education is the future, a future of students of many different religions educated together.

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Education
8:27 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Teacher training standards getting tougher

Across the country and in Albany, the push is on to improve the quality of the adult standing in front of a classroom of young people.

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Education
4:54 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Buffalo State celebrates the opening of new Technology Building

SUNY Buffalo State College's Technology Building.
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Buffalo State College officially opened its state-of-the-art Technology Building, Thursday. The facility cost $36.5 million to build and was paid for through the SUNY Construction Fund.

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Education
9:37 am
Tue September 10, 2013

All-male Catholic high school experiencing enrollment boom

Students change classes at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore.
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One of the area's oldest all-boys Catholic high schools has entered a new era. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore is experiencing an enrollment boom. WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the school Monday to find out about its growth.

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Local
12:53 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

White House: Obama visit to focus on education

The White House has officially confirmed that President Barack Obama will be in Buffalo next Thursday, August 22, to kick off of a two-day bus tour.

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Education
10:15 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Education advocates give state mostly failing grades

Gayla Thompson from AQE says Pre-K should be mandatory in New York.
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New York isn't providing the education it could to the state's students, according to a new report card prepared by the Alliance for Quality Education.

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Education
5:57 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Food processing technology program to meet demand for skilled workers

Murphy Orchards jams, jellies and vinegars.
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A western New York Community College is launching a first-its-kind Food Processing Technology program in the fall of 2014. The program at Genesee Community college will help meet the growing demand for skilled food processing workers in the region.

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Stress of testing affecting students
10:51 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Educators rally in Albany against testing

Capitol Building in Albany
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More than 200 buses brought thousands of protestors to Albany on Saturday in an effort to promote education reform.

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Education
5:18 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Statewide program aims to boost math and science teacher performance

Credit Gates Foundation

It’s an initiative that aims to boost student interest in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering across the state. The Master Teachers program is also aiming to ensure teachers perform at their highest level.

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