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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is speaking out against a proposal to use federal dollars to buy guns for educators. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley got reaction when Commissioner Elia appeared in Buffalo Friday. 

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It was ‘move-in’ day at SUNY Buffalo State Thursday. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says 1,750 freshmen are enrolled for the fall semester. 


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While the Buffalo School Board does not decide if a new charter school starts in the city, there was visible pushback when Legends Charter appeared before the board for its mandated public hearing.

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There may be more drama and scheming going on off the school sports fields in Buffalo than on the fields. It is a mix of the long-running disputes beween the city school district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation and activists.

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Buffalo Public Schools and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority are close to an agreement on student busing, said to offer better service at a lower price.

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As college students prepare to return to campuses in the next couple of weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new anti-hazing law Monday. It prohibits certain physical contact or requiring physical activity during an organization's initiating ceremony to prevent the deaths or serious injuries of students during fraternity pledging. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to a local couple who lost their son in fraternity hazing four years ago.  


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The continuing fight over how Buffalo Public School teachers become coaches is colliding with football players at one of the city's top schools.

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The District Parent Coordinating Council held an informational meeting in Buffalo Monday evening  to discuss the Buffalo School District's hiring policy for coaches.  In this week's Press Pass  WBFO's senior reporter and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey explain why the parent group is speaking out against the policy. They also discuss city student bus pass issue. 


Coding class wraps up for local New American students

Aug 10, 2018
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It was the last day of computer coding class Friday for dozens of teen girls, all of whom came to Buffalo as immigrants or refugees.


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A parent group is crying foul over the Buffalo School District's hiring of sports coaches. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) says the agreement between the Buffalo Public school district and Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is a “bad deal”.

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With all the controversy and debate surrounding concussions and CTE for those playing contact sports, there are some surprising results from a UB study.  WBFO' senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the new report is claiming the CTE risk is not as prevalent as once thought.  

The state Education Department has announced it made an error in the distribution of some federal funding that favored the state’s charter schools over public schools.


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A new pilot program is aimed at preventing opioid and heroin addiction.  State Senator Chris Jacobs announced he has secured $50,000 in state funding to support a High School Ambassador Program in Buffalo Public high schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program will promote behaviors to avoid drug abuse. 


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With the explosion of the #MeToo movement there is a great deal of focus on addressing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, on campuses and in athletics. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the University at Buffalo's Athletics Department and Law School are teaming to host a conference this Friday at Hodgson Russ. 

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A very diverse group of young women is learning about computer coding over the next two weeks.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's a program designed for immigrant and refugee students.

Future East Side early childhood school receives $1M gift

Jul 26, 2018
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An early childhood education center expected to open this fall received a million-dollar boost Thursday. The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, an initiative formed to breathe new life into one of the city's underserved neighborhoods, announced that Delaware North Comnpanies and the Jacobs family are providing one million dollars to support the school through the next five years. 

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Children in one of Buffalo's most impoverished neighborhoods will celebrate graduation from the Seneca Street Summer Reading Camp.  A ceremony will be held Thursday for kindergarteners through 8th graders who attended. They will receive certificates and new backpacks filled with school supplies from the two-week camp. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited the program sponsored by the Seneca Street Community Development Corporation (SSCDC) at no cost to families. 

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Buffalo Public Schools are moving forward on efforts to improve sports in the school system, especially trying to make sure student athletes have the grades and game performance to be open to college scholarships.

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Buffalo Public Schools are strengthening one of the best city schools, by extending the connection between Leonardo da Vinci High School and D'Youville College. Da Vinci is being made more of a health sciences school by offering D'Youville college-credit courses.

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When St. Bonaventure University first-year students begin classes next month, it will be different in a very key way. They will be the first students in the Southern Tier school's major expansion into health sciences.

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A new state law took effect July 1st that now requires mental health education in Kindergarten through 12th grade all across New York.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this is the first law of its kind in the nation and now schools must be ready by September.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions.

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Buffalo School Board members apparently believe the district is making progress, giving each of its three leaders another one-year term without opposition.

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The summer months are still busy times for school districts. This week in our Press Pass conversation WBFO’s Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey look at five items the Buffalo Public School District is working on for the next school year. 

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An experiment created by a team of students from one Western New York School is heading to the International Space Station. They were able to watch video of a launch carrying their work into space while on a trip to Washington, DC Friday morning. It was just one of the local creations included in the early-morning rocket launch.


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St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore has completed a “record-breaking” capital campaign. The school raised more than $20 million over the last five years. The campaign was to build the school’s endowment and strengthen its ability to provide needed financial aid and scholarships. And it is a successful end for the longtime leader of the school. Friday is president Robert Scott’s last day on the job. 

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Niagara Catholic junior-senior High School has closed in the city of Niagara Falls.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says financial factors and low enrollment led to the decision.

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Peace Of The City continues providing inner city youth with life, arts and social justice skills. One of its showcase events is Shakespeare Comes to (716).   WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal for a modern-day performance of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew at the Shea’s Smith Theatre, featuring a diverse cast and crew of 50-Buffalo teens.

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Kriner Cash received a B on his report card last night, as the Buffalo school board completed its annual evaluation of the schools superintendent.


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Say Yes Buffalo is holding its ‘Countdown to College’ kickoff. Say Yes Scholars have been attending a two-day event of workshops to prepare for navigating college.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of the keynote speakers who guides underserved students of color.


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