Education

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State lawmakers and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn are pushing for changes in the laws related to the reporting of child abuse following allegations of decades of inappropriate behavior by faculty at Nichols School.

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The Buffalo Public School District is now in its second year of its New Education Bargain. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Monday the city school district will be airing a special program on WNED-TV at 9 p.m. about the bargain and how it is reforming education. 

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The New State Education Department (NYSED) announced a data breach occurred with its testing vendor Questar.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says although it is a small breach one local Catholic school was affected. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase in school aid of over three-quarters of a billion dollars, a rise of about 3 percent over last year, but some say that’s not enough to meet school districts’ rising costs.


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The mental health of children is a key component of a new stage production at the Theatre of Youth (TOY) in Buffalo. The Boy at the Edge of Everything opens Saturday, January 20th. WBFO's senior reporter says for the first time TOY and the Mental Health Association of Erie County are collaborating to spark an important conversation in our community. 

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The U.S. Department of Education approved New York State's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it’s a plan that pushes for equity in education. 

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At Wednesday's Buffalo School Board meeting, the long struggle over getting more minority and women-owned businesses among the vendors to the district system turned into a discussion about using student labor.

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The University of Rochester campus newspaper, the Campus Times, is exploring more stories of students claiming their sexual harassment cases were mishandled by the administration.

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Backpacks filled with school supplies are being distributed to new refugee and Puerto Rican students now attending Buffalo Public schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says The Teacher's Desk received a $3,000 donation from Microsoft for its "A Good Start" backpack program.

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Leaders at Oracle Charter School in Buffalo will making their plea before SUNY Trustees next week, asking to keep the school open. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey discuss why the renewal is being denied and also take a look at teacher-duty conflict at City Honors.  

University of Rochester

As the spring semester gets started, University of Rochester Interim President Richard Feldman says he hopes the university community can begin a period of healing and rebuilding.

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A Canisius High School senior has made a remarkable recovery from a severe spinal cord injury.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he's now using his own experience to help others.

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The Buffalo Architecture Foundation continues collaborating with Buffalo Public Schools to enhance a child's learning. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Architecture +Education Exhibition, featuring student projects, will open next Friday, January 19th at the CEPA Gallery in downtown Buffalo.

University of Rochester

Joel Seligman has resigned as president and CEO of the University of Rochester, effective February 28, 2018. His resignation comes hours after an independent investigation found that while there was no evidence of a hostile work environment in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, there was inappropriate behavior by Professor Florian Jaeger.

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and State Senator Tim Kennedy say they are outraged over a recent report detailing past cases of teacher-student relationships at Nichols School. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Kennedy and Flynn are calling for immediate changes to two state laws that would protect children.

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Oracle Charter High School on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo is at risk of closing. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley has learned SUNY’s Charter Schools Institute (CSI) has recommended non-renewal, a denial of renewal for the school's charter for the next five years.

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Some Buffalo school parents, students and community members left for Albany early Tuesday morning to call on state leaders to fully fund public schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they will join a rally with the Alliance for Quality Education as they call for racial and economic equity in education.

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A local World War II veteran is overwhelmed by Grand Island students who honored his military service. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a letter writing project brought the two very different generations together. 

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A Buffalo Public School is showing off its school spirit to celebrate the Buffalo Bills reaching the playoffs. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students created dance videos to cheer on the team.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech included some proposals for public education, but didn't provide much detail.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction from the leader of the New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA).

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High poverty surrounds the Jamestown Public School District.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the city schools superintendent about offering students a chance to be lifted out of poverty.  

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing measures to fight the crushing burden of student loan debt.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to ban so-called 'lunch shaming' across New York State.  He issued a five-point-proposal ahead of next week's State of the State address.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says much of what he's proposing is already at work in the Buffalo Public School District.

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High school seniors have been anxiously awaiting their acceptance notices from colleges this month.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with a student at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore who already learned he's been accepted into an Ivy League school.

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Buffalo Public Schools are continuing the push for more sports - for both sexes - and better sports performances, facilities, coaching and academics.

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McKinley High School students recently sold various flower arrangements and plants during the holiday season as part of the school's horticulture program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to a couple of the students who were inside the school's hallway trying to entice buyers. 

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Hidden away on a short street in North Buffalo is a school, housing a successful adult education program. The school system says the building is old and tired and might be dangerous, so the program has to move - and that has precipitated a fight.

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Buffalo's substitute teachers cannot come to an agreement over a pay increase with the school district. Now the union president is starting to talk about - some day - not showing up for class.

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Nearly three dozen teachers across Erie and Niagara counties have new Buffalo-made computers in their classrooms today, a gift from Bak USA. The downtown manufacturer donated 500 computers to the Teacher's Desk and helped give them out Wednesday.

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A major uproar in a Buffalo school spilled in front of the public Wednesday night, when a delegation of teachers appeared before the School Board to protest the management of their principal.

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