Education

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Students from across the state are gathering in Albany today to encourage elected officials to commit more resources to student financial aid programs.

Tuesday was a busy day for education policy.

Betsy DeVos, you may have heard, was confirmed as secretary of education with an unprecedented tiebreaker vote.

Today the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump's education secretary, 51-50.

They don't mean to sound ungrateful, but ... New York public college students who stand to gain from the nation's most ambitious free-tuition proposal point to a sobering reality: free tuition doesn't mean free college.

Cuomo distorting school aid picture, report says

Feb 3, 2017
Alliance for Quality Education

The Alliance for Quality Education says Gov. Andrew Cuomo is misleading the public in a debate about school funding. The school advocacy group has published a new report that criticizes the governor's proposed education spending plan and his attempts to defend it.

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A collaborative effort between Western New York STEM Hub, AT&T and the Girl Scouts will allow more than 200 Buffalo Public School students, Girls Scouts and teachers to see the movie" Hidden Figures" Saturday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the event is designed to help encourage a new generation of women to consider STEM careers.

5 Things To Look For In Betsy DeVos' Confirmation Hearing

Jan 17, 2017

There hasn't been a more controversial pick for secretary of education, arguably, in recent memory than Donald Trump's choice of Betsy DeVos. The Senate confirmation hearings for the billionaire Republican fundraiser and activist from Michigan start today.

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High school students are navigating through a number of distractions, but students explain how they avoid trouble. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with several students at the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) in Buffalo for our ongoing "Cafeteria Chats" series.

Niagara University

Prospective Niagara University students from rural communities in Central and Western New York will have a better shot at earning a scholarship.

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The University at Buffalo continues to rank among the top 25 universities for enrolling international students. Earlier this week, the Institute of International Education released its Open Doors report, ranking UB 21st among American colleges and universities for international enrollment. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us UB is preparing to expand its recruitment effort.

At the Maritime Academy of Toledo, students learn basics like math and English. They also take classes on  boatbuilding.

On a fall day in the boat lab, a few students are working on the inside of a small wooden boat. They’re gluing pieces of wood together along the inside of the boat before sanding it down.

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The leader of Canisius College in Buffalo is condemning a disturbing incident that occurred Tuesday night at a campus dorm building.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's believed to be in response to the result of the presidential election and spoke with two students.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

More than 20-colleges, high schools and middle schools have pledged their support to collect food for the homeless. The Buffalo City Mission kicked-off Mission Possible: Food Drive School Challenge Thursday. 

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Buffalo schools need to cut $4 million more from a planned $856 million spending plan to make it balance.


Andrew Beiter

Messages of hate have plagued society for many centuries, but they’ve never spread more rapidly than in today’s Internet society.

Buffalo's Academy of Science Charter School says it's doing well enough academically that it wants to add fifth and sixth grade and 120 students.


Niagara College

It’s not unusual for schools in the Middle East to separate students by gender. But an Ontario-based college is facing criticism for opening a men-only campus in Saudi Arabia.

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Taxing the top one percent has been a hot topic for the Democratic Party recently. Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to address that and more during today's State of the State and Executive Budget Address.

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The West Valley Central School District has continued to experience a drop in enrollment. There are only about 260 students in pre-K through 12th grade. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says a citizens committee is now encouraging  annexation or partnerships to strengthen school programs.


Combating Campus Crime: Reporting mandated statistics

Dec 15, 2015
Veronica Volk

Campus Police are required by state and federal mandates to report crime statistics and, as Veronica Volk reports in Part 2 of our five-part series Combating Campus Crime, they're getting some help to automate the process.

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With many education experts stressing the importance of early childhood education, a new preschool debuted at The Buffalo Zoo this fall. WBFO Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited the program to learn how students are incorporating the zoo as their learning campus.


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The Western NY Area Labor Federation is at the forefront of the struggle for labor and human rights in the Buffalo area. Ahead of Labor Day weekend, WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with the organization's leader, President Richard Lipsitz, to discuss the fight for fairness in the local job market and its support of public education.


Buffalo witnessing "brain gain"

Aug 28, 2015
The Manhattan Institute

Buffalo’s got brain.  The number of people in the region with a college degree is up by more than 50,000 since 2000, according to a new study by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a conservative think tank.

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The do-it-yourself ‘maker’ culture is in full swing at the Central Library in downtown Buffalo.


It appears Buffalo may have a powerful friend in Albany in Speaker of the State Assembly Carl Heastie.

Program aims to cultivate tomorrow's leaders

Aug 6, 2015
Lian Bunny

The Erie County Sheriff’s Air One helicopter landed on the quad at Medaille College Wednesday, a vivid show of support for the college’s Leaders in Training Program (LIT). The group Western New York United

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New state Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia has only been on the job for four days and she’s already visiting her old stomping grounds.

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It’s that time of year when public pools all around the city are filled with water and plenty of Buffalonians eager to cool off and splash around. Throughout the year, a pool at the William-Emslie YMCA is home to a club built around swimming, and it’s challenging some alarming trends amongst minorities.

The time limit on veterans' education benefits would be eliminated under a bill proposed by Rep. Brian Higgins, who says veterans who put their lives on the line should have flexibility when seeking an education.

New York State History Association / WBFO News

Historians from across the state are bringing their knowledge to the Western New York area this week. Museum employees, archivists, librarians, and more will take part in the 36th annual conference on New York State History at Niagara University from Thursday, June 18th, to Saturday, June 20th. The three-day event aims to draw many teachers to the table, as their participation may be key to the state’s future.

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