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
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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.

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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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Now that the leadership crisis in the Senate is settled, Governor Cuomo and the legislature are pushing their education priorities.

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Responding to Wednesday’s early-morning passing of the New York State Budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo said reforming the state’s education system is arguably the most important responsibility of his position.

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In revamping the state’s evaluation system, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said she aims to have fewer tests for students, and more productive professional development for teachers.

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The State Legislature overnight approved a 2015-2016 budget that includes new education policies.  The reforms sought by Governor Cuomo in recent weeks linking state aid, teacher evaluations and standardized testing for students proved to be very controversial.

With details of the new budget plan still emerging, WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board President Bob Dana about the direction the state is taking on education.

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Under state law, the Education Commissioner can remove school board members or superintendents who refuse to administer state required assessments. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul says she is concerned about more districts following the lead of the Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board.  

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Teachers have been holding rallies all around the state protesting Governor Cuomo’s education proposals, and hundreds are expected to converge on the Capitol Monday to protest over reliance on standardized tests, and other issues.

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A state lawmaker is defending a plan that might see SUNY Fredonia lower its tuition for students from Pennsylvania and Ohio as a way to try to boost out-of-state enrollment.

The proposed three-year pilot project would still require out-of-state students to pay 1.5 times the rate of in-state tuition. But under the current system, out-of-stater enrollees pay double the rate.

Upstate NY CEO poll shows good outlook for 2015

Jan 26, 2015
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A poll of upstate New York CEOs finds companies are more positive and prepared to do business in the coming year.

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Bank settlements will be contributing to a $5 billion windfall that New York State will be able to spread over its annual budgets beginning in 2015.

Parents and families of Buffalo Public School students got an opportunity to learn and engage in their child’s education, Saturday.

When it comes to the State University of New York at Fredonia, most people think of the arts and education.  But with today’s opening of a new science building, that’s about to change.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees and convinced officials to pass a system-wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.