Education

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Cafeteria Chats and Student Journals are part of American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities keep more students on the path to graduation.

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The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization (BPTO) is trying to put pressure on the State Education Commissioner to remove city school board member Carl Paladino. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says BPTO co-chair Larry Scott made a plea at a rally Sunday in Buffalo to denounce the violent racism that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

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Plans for the new Emerson Two high school are moving forward, with a meeting Tuesday.

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The University at Buffalo has welcomed its largest-ever medical school class for a new semester.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says UB is calling this a "milestone". 

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Buffalo State College welcomed long-time Civil Rights leader Andrew Young Jr. to their campus Thursday evening.  Young is a former U.S. Congressman and United Nations ambassador. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with Young at The Mansion on Delaware in Buffalo to discuss his views on racism, racial equity and poverty.  

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The University at Buffalo has revised its bus schedule for the upcoming fall semester. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it could curtail the so called "drunk bus" situation in the city's University district. 

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation and city school district are in a dispute over start times at three schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the teachers union has filed a lawsuit against the district and Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash.

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Two teams from Mount St. Mary Academy High School in Kenmore will be headed to Ukraine Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter says the students are finalists who will be competing in Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship known as SAGE.


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Tapestry Charter School in north Buffalo is on a mission to expand its student population.  School leaders broke ground Tuesday for a new elementary building and multi-use athletic field.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is on the same site that the K-through 12- school. 

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Suffolk County teenager discovered an error on the state's math Regents exam.  But WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it took weeks for the New York State Education Department to admit the teen was right. 

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The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library has a unique Summer Reading event that is underway.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's the Passport to Reading program.

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As a brand new school year approaches  the West Seneca Central School District has announced a new after-school program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district is teaming with a former Buffalo Bill to present a sports-based program that includes life-skills and academics. 

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A Canisius High School student reflected on his time spent at the all-boys, Jesuit school as part of our Student Journals project. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he's now ready to head to college. 

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As part of our recent Student Journals project we spoke with a couple of students from Cheektowaga Central High School. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they described bullying. 

Niagara County lawmakers set to vote on NCCC trustee seat

Jul 31, 2017
Niagara County Community College

A member of the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees, who took the seat mid-term to replace its outgoing holder, is expected to be re-appointed by the Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday evening. But if Democrats have their way, Vincent Sandonato will be ousted.


UB hosts bioethics debate, escape from the "echo chamber"

Jul 31, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The University at Buffalo has wrapped up an annual two-day conference, during which many controversial philosophical points of view were brought up. This year, keynote speakers were addressing questions and offering arguments that were not for the easily offended. But that's exactly how participants wanted it. As they see it, the willingness to make controversial arguments is a disappearing trend on college campuses.


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The region's only all-girls computer coding program concluded a summer session at SUNY Buffalo State Friday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students from 36-area schools participated in The Girls Coding Project.

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New York State is investing in a Buffalo school to prepare students for future manufacturing careers.  Empire State Development is providing a $3.2 million from the Buffalo Billion initiative to Burgard High School's Advanced Manufacturing program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says even though students are on summer break, they were at the school to demonstrate the program.

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Trocaire College has been awarded the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant. The $1.8 million grant will help the college recruit and retain nursing professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Throughout July you have heard reporting from area students who participated in our Student Journals project.  WBFO gave students digital recording equipment so they could ask questions about teenage life.  In our final installment  we return to Frontier High School in Hamburg where student Deja Jenkins served as a lead reporter talking with her classmate about self-esteem.  

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WBFO produced a special radio program called The Education Experience. WBFO spearheaded unique initiatives to speak with students. Cafeteria Chats took us directly into schools across the region and our Student Journals provided area students with a chance to conduct their own interviews. 


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Niagara University is designing hospitality training courses for students in Vietnam and other Asian countries.

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Electronic cigarettes will no longer be allowed on public or private school grounds across New York State.  Governor Cuomo signed legislation to ban the use. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with a health behavior expert at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


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AT&T is promoting a short film this summer to remind students and parents that cyberbullying doesn't take a break while school is out.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the 20-minute film was created with the work of students who participated in an on-line bullying national contest.  

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University at Buffalo students came close to snagging a $250,000 prize on NBC's "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge." But on Sunday's season finale, team Mathletes failed to reach the three-team final. Contestant Trevor Bernard, a sophomore math major, told WBFO spirits were high even after the loss.

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An exhibit is being held at Villa Maria College for a decade-long Autism Services art student. Eighteen-year-old Matt Mansour developed a strong interest in painting at a young age, showing an early gift for color mixing.

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Buffalo Public Schools may have as few as four high school football teams this fall, as the district grapples with a changing population that is more interested in soccer.

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A Williamsville science teacher has been named as a national 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the middle school teacher is one of ten math and science teachers selected nationwide. 

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After months of study and a recommendation, on Wednesday night the Buffalo School Board approved a site for its new hospitality school, usually called Emerson Two.

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Our nation's political climate has caused a great deal of division inside some schools among students. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Amherst Center High School teens discuss how the Trump presidency has changed relationships as part of our Student Journals series.   

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The Buffalo School Board has decided Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash is doing a pretty good job, garnering a grade of B-.

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