Education

Education reports on WBFO are part of American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities keep more students on the path to graduation.

Charter School for Applied Technologies

The high school environment can be a big challenge for some students.  Today and tomorrow we will take you inside the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley begins our on-going series called 'Cafeteria Chats'.   

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The Buffalo School Board is expected to vote on a resolution Thursday that will call for the ouster of board member Carl Paladino. A special session will be held at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall. 

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Demands to remove Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board continue following inappropriate remarks he made for an Artvoice survey last week.  The latest call for his ouster came Tuesday from State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Ryan issued a letter to the State Education Commissioner.

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Canisius High School in Buffalo unveiled a new photo of the class of 1944 to honor a veteran who missed his class photo to serve in World War II.

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Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday to seek the removal of Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The move is mostly symbolic since the Council has little sway in the affairs of the Buffalo School District.

Community members are teaming up to build a “tiny house” for charity.

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Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino said he won’t resign from his Park District seat. Paladino issued a written statement in response to disparaging comments he made about President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama that appeared in a published Artvoice survey last week.

In the written statement, Paladino explains how he responded to the Artvoice ‘wish list’ survey for 2017.

In Tuesday’s statement Paladino offers an apology to the minority community.

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The Buffalo Board of Education is calling for a special meeting to be held this Thursday to discuss the conduct of board member Carl Paladino. 

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A new survey from the debt management website Student Loan Hero found young people to be most regretful of their financial habits in 2016.

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WBFO News recently sat down with Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins before he heads back to Washington under the new Trump administration. We asked Higgins about his concerns for the future of education, especially for children living in poverty that attend Buffalo Public Schools.

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One area school district is working on a curriculum that exceeds state requirements for career and college ready.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Frontier Central School District wants students in K-through 12 to be unbind from the uncertainty of public education at the state and federal levels. 


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Should Buffalo's public schools be mandated to display a photo of Donald Trump, once he formally becomes president next month? The question was taken up by the city's school board Wednesday night.

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The Buffalo school board has moved on, saying a plan from developer Krog to move the new, second Emerson High School into the old Trico complex downtown is dead.


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The Buffalo school board voted last night during an acrimonious meeting to slash its monthly meetings schedule. That change begins next month.


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Buffalo Public school students from across the district participated in the Peace Project.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is an art exhibition is promoting the talents of city school children. 

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It is not just students creating high absenteeism rates in Buffalo Public school classrooms. Teacher are also chronically absent.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the high numbers and impact it has on student performance. 

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office adopted the Buffalo's Alternative School on South Park Avenue to work with troubled teens. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is offering students in grades seven through 12 a chance to focus on a stronger path for their future. 

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For any school superintendent in Western New York winter weather is always a challenge. They have to make the decision of closing schools when bad weather arrives.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Frontier Central School District superintendent starts his decision making in the middle of the night. 

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Immigrant and refugee students on Buffalo's West Side have a chance to work on a two-year college degree.   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited Houghton College's Associate of Arts program inside the First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle. 

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The University at Buffalo selected a long-time member of its staff to replace former vice president for student life Dennis Black.  Scott Weber will fill the role. Weber currently has been serving as UB’s senior vice president for academic affairs and vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. 

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Education students from D'Youville College can automatically be accepted and transferred to SUNY Buffalo State. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says since D'Youville announced it was suspending its education program, Buffalo State is trying to accommodate any interested students.  


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Canisius College says it has identified all of the individuals involved with a black baby doll found in a dorm elevator last month and related racist social media posts. Two of the students have left the college and the others have been disciplined.

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A committee of the state Board of Regents recommends spending $2.1 billion more on schools in the new state budget, saying it’s time to continue an effort begun a decade ago to funnel more money to the state’s poorest school districts.


Photo from Sandy Hook Promise Facebook page

This Wednesday will mark the four-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed by family members who lost loved ones in the massacre, have created a video meant to prevent future shootings.

Bennett High School

Bennett High School may have won the Section VI Class A high school championship, but will not have a chance to repeat next season. The school will not have a varsity football team - a casualty of reorganizing the school.

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New York's powerful teachers union passed a resolution to combat federal education policy under President-Elect Donald Trump. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is gearing up to mobilize 'in defense of public education'.  

Buffalo State College

Buffalo State College has received a $4 million gift from the Richard and Patricia Garman family of East Aurora to support the college’s Art Conservation Department. The family’s gift marks the largest one-time gift to the college and will result in continuous support for students who enter this competitive graduate program, one of only four such art conservation programs in the country.

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New York State Senator Marc Panepinto of Buffalo held his last district-wide roundtable discussion with several schools superintendents Thursday in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District. But it served as a first roundtable session for Senator-elect Chris Jacobs, who will take over in the 60th Senate District next month. 

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A number of University at Buffalo faculty members recently issued a letter to UB president Satish Tripathi to establish a 'sanctuary' campus' for students, faculty, staff and families.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says many are voicing concern with President-elect Donald Trump's proposals to deport or jail millions of undocumented immigrants.   

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Buffalo Public Schools are rushing to extend the Kaleida Health contract that provides nurses for all regular public, private, parochial and charter schools. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

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