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The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library kicked off their community-wide Winter Reading Challenge today. Buffalo Bandits forwards Mitch Jones and Ryan Benesch read stories to young students to promote the initiative.

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The District Parent Coordinating Council says it want the State Education Commissioner to put the entire city school district under receivership.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the organization has issued this request as it submitted their petition to remove school board member Carl Paladino. 

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WNED-TV will launch a new 24-hour PBS Kids channel and live stream Monday, January 30. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the educational programs will help low-income families across the region who cannot afford to send children to preschool.  

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Buffalo parents in the District Parent Coordinating Council have filed a petition with the State Department of Education demanding the removal of School Board Member Carl Paladino for what they call "his history of racist, incendiary and destructive behavior," including his most recent published statements about the Obamas.

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As Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about his plan for free tuition for most SUNY and CUNY students during his visit to Niagara Falls Monday, Niagara University's President sat in the front row, listening. He wanted details about what the plan does and what effect it might have on private schools like his, but there weren't any.

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Tensions were high at last week's Buffalo School Board meeting as members voted on a petition calling on the State Education commissioner to remove Carl Paladino. He remains under fire for his egregious remarks made about the Obamas last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Tiffany Lankes have more in this week's Press Pass conversation.  

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivered her final State of the University Address Monday in Albany.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says she highlighted progress made by SUNY in the past decade. 

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A private, all-girls Catholic high school in Buffalo will be dropping State Regents testing. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Nardin Academy is ready to phase out Regents exams over the next couple of years. 

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While Buffalo schools are looking for millions of dollars more from Albany in the annual school aid budget fight, the district is diving into the intricacies of its spending and hoping to knock millions off its costs.

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Buffalo School Board member Larry Quinn says he will file a complaint against Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold for her failure to notify him of a secret meeting last Tuesday.

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College students from Western New York traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Inauguration of President Donald Trump. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the trip is used as a learning experience for students.  

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A Washington-based organization for higher education is waiting to see what type of education policies will be enacted by the Trump administration. This week the nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, appeared before a Senate committee for a tough round of questions at a confirmation hearing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to the leader of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (ASCU). 

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For the first time since Carl Paladino’s remarks against the Obamas in an Artvoice wish list article ignited widespread controversy, the public got the chance to have their comments heard on record during a meeting of the Buffalo School Board. Plenty took the opportunity, and – for the first time – so did school Superintendent Kriner Cash.


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The Buffalo Board of Education is expected to vote on a resolution Wednesday night that would petition the State Education Commissioner to remove Carl Paladino.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization is also preparing to file an application for Paladino's removal.

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Some young Buffalo artists created a special original song for First Lady Michelle Obama to wish her well as she leaves the White House. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the project was led by their youth instructor at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.  

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The Buffalo School Board could approve a resolution Wednesday night to file a petition that calls for the removal of Park District board member Carl Paladino. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says local leaders remain outraged at his egregious remarks about the Obamas and that a member of the New York State Board of Regents plans on attending the meeting.

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Funding details of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tuition-free plan for state colleges and universities could be revealed Tuesday when he issues his proposed state budget plan. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is working to promote Governor Cuomo's college tuition-free plan for New Yorkers. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with her to ask questions about this proposed plan. 

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A Catholic all-boys high school has a established a brand new innovation center. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore has created an environment for high-tech learning.   

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Today's Martin Luther King Day brings a protest against school board member and developer Carl Paladino.


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Some inner-city Buffalo Public school students are participating in a brand new pilot project to share their personal stories with the community. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited The International Preparatory School on the city's west side to learn about how students will work to create interactive digital maps.   

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Police in the Village of Hamburg are investigating a social media threat that appeared Thursday night and was directed at Hamburg High School.   

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To the best of the knowledge of Buffalo schools sports leaders, in 2016 three city athletes won scholarships to Division One or Division Two schools. They say the low number is the result of weak academic rules, bad facilities and a shortage of high-quality coaches.

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The Buffalo school board is coming to grips with violence in parts of the district. Much of Wednesday's board session focused on the issue which seems to have no easy solution.


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As a City Honors student recovers from a horrific crash, his classmate is working to raise funds to help with his medical expenses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says more than $29,000 has been raised so far after two different on-line sites were established. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking a bold approach to making college affordable for middle and low income families. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Cuomo's tuition-free proposal was well-received at the University at Buffalo's North Campus during his State of the State address Monday.

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A newly planned Center for Urban Education aims to improve teaching and learning in urban schools across Western New York. Canisius College and the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) are teaming up to build the center, which will be housed in the college’s School of Education and Human Services.

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The leader of the West Seneca School Central School District will be delaying his planned retirement.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Superintendent Mark Crawford will hold off to give the school board more time to conduct a search.   

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union says Carl Paladino has now violated an important school board rule.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says as Paladino is facing calls for his removal from the city school board,  he has now given a new reason for his dismissal. 

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As the demands continue for the removal of Carl Paladino from the city school board, the Buffalo Common Council's Education committee used the topic of bullying to listen to citizens' comments about him.WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says more than a dozen speakers delivered passionate remarks.   

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The Kenmore Tonawanda School Superintendent has announced her retirement.  Superintendent Dawn Mirand revealed her plans to retire in an email memo issued to district staffers and faculty Thursday.

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