Education

The WBFO Education News Desk is funded by KeyBank Foundation.

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.

Budding young writers came from across all of Western New York to the WNED|WBFO studios to share their stories as part of the PBS Kids Writers Contest.

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Tapestry Charter School is turning to the Industrial Land Development Corporation as the school seeks financing for its planned expansion along Great Arrow. The ILC, part of the county Industrial Development Agency, will review a complex application that totals $35 million.


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Buffalo State College broke ground Tuesday on its new LoRusso Alumni & Visitor Center. The center, located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street, is scheduled to open a year from now.


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The two leaders of the Buffalo Public School District and Catholic schools held a conversation Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash met with Catholic Schools Superintendent Sister Carol Cimino at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Tuesday.   

President Trump's full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, to be released Tuesday, calls for a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education. The cuts would be spread across K-12 and aid to higher education, according to documents released by the White House.

None of this can be finalized without Congress. And the political track record for Presidents who want to reduce education funding is not promising, even in a far less poisoned atmosphere than the one that hovers over Washington right now.

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Canisius High School in Buffalo is getting ready to create a new art center.  The school has purchased the Conners mansion at 1140 Delaware Avenue on Delaware. It is directly across from the school campus at the corner of Delaware and West Ferry Street. 

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The Girls Education Collaborative continues to support the education of young women in developing countries. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the organization's executive director, Anne Wadesworth, who is now in Tanzania, for the grand opening of a new school supporting girls’ education.     

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Pathways to Early College High School (P-TECH) is providing students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and two-year associates degree. In part II of our Cafeteria Chats series WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley continues her conversation with five P-TECH students who fully embrace this school program.  

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About a dozen local protesters appeared in the lobby of the New York State Education Department in Albany Wednesday demanding the immediate removal of Buffalo Board of Education member Carl Paladino. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says protesters wanted to confront state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. 

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There are high school students across the Western New York region who are completely focused on their careers. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley continues our Cafeteria Chats series, meeting with students enrolled in a program called P-TECH (Pathways to Early College High School). 

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The Buffalo School Board rejected a multi-million dollar computer equipment purchase Wednesday night, rejecting assurances from Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash and some of his top aides that the proposal was above board.

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Student vision is an important component to their academic success.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Lions Club International has completed eye screenings at all Buffalo Public Elementary Schools.   

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The Allentown Village Association is helping to support an education program at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this program provides learning at the Burchfield for students from Buffalo Public School #33 the Bilingual Center. 

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Daemen College in Amherst was recently named to the "Best Value School" ranking.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the listing is based on variety and quality of programs, student satisfaction and affordability.     

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Buffalo Public Schools are changing the way the district hires teachers, planning to do it much earlier when the talent pool is larger. The district is starting earlier so schools and principals know how they stand in preparing for fall classes.

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The principal at McKinley High School has been placed leave during an investigation following a lawsuit filed earlier in the week. The Buffalo Public School District has issued a response to a lawsuit filed earlier this week alleging discrimination against LGBTQ students at McKinley High School.

School districts across the state are holding votes on their budgets Tuesday. While almost all of them are keeping their spending requests within the mandatory tax cap, some districts wonder whether the cap is sustainable over the long term.


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The longtime leader of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore is planning his retirement. President Robert Scott says he will retire at the end of the next school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Scott about his decision to leave after more than four decades.


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The Buffalo School Board was told Wednesday night that the district wants to spend $6 million upgrading its computer system. However, that brought up the question of prior multi-million-dollar purchases from the spouse of a former board member.

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The Buffalo Public Schools have been hit with a lawsuit claiming the administration of McKinley High School actively blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance at the school and the district is not doing anything about the discrimination.

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Bullying has existed for generations. Technology has turned what once could be temporarily escaped into a non-stop, around-the-clock menace for many victims. WBFO, with the assistance of AT&T, hosted an online panel discussion, Cyberbullying: A Relentless Cycle, to address cyberbullying and how to address and stop it. 

Cyberbullying prevention digital resources

May 9, 2017

Many adults recall being bullied as kids, but in this interconnected world, the taunts don't stop when the school day ends. Our friends at University at Buffalo's Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention and AT&T have provided some helpful online resources to help students, parents and educators do to minimize cyberbullying:

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Some University at Buffalo athletes staged a sit-in outside President Satish Tripathi's office Monday. They were protesting against UB's plans to cut four sports teams.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a UB alumnus is planning to file a lawsuit. 

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The Buffalo Public School District has managed to close a $10-million shortfall as the budget process is underway. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the district's proposed spending plan that school board must approved by May 17th.  

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The very first class of Say Yes Buffalo students to achieve four completed years of college is ready to graduate. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of the Say Yes scholars who will be graduating from Medaille College this month.  

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Erie Community College students will be paying a little more to attend classes this fall. The ECC Board of Directors approved Thursday a 3 percent annual tuition hike, an  increase of $167. The hike brings the total tuition cost to $4,900 a year.


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A stunning new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why" has parents and schools concerned.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says some believe the content is harsh and "glamorizes" suicide.   

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The public will now have a chance to weigh-in on revisions to the state's Learning Standards for Math and English. The Common Core is now being referred to as New York State P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released its revisions Tuesday. 

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New York state’s education commissioner said Tuesday that new state-specific learning standards will offer several improvements over the controversial Common Core standards. This comes as students in grades three through eight across the state's 700 school  began the first of three days of math testing on Tuesday.


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A Buffalo Public school is making sure students with autism are thriving. City Honors has a program called Students with Autism Rising to Success (STARS). WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley met a couple of students, their moms and teachers who are part of this program.

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