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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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State Senator Mark Grisanti says he hopes to spark change in the Buffalo School District at a critical time. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill, introduced by Grisanti, that would allow city residents to vote on the school budget.

Howard Cohen named interim president of Buffalo State

Jun 11, 2013

The State University of New York Board of Trustees has appointed an interim president at SUNY Buffalo State.

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The acrimony over Clarence's defeated school budget continued Monday night during a meeting at Clarence High School to talk about the vote next Tuesday on a new and reduced spending plan.

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Students across the region began taking New York State Regents tests Tuesday and a Buffalo Public Schools teacher is using digital means to help students review for their History Regents.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the classroom of McKinley High School teacher Keith Hughes to learn about his "Hip Hughes History" lessons on YouTube.

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A western New York Community College is launching a first-its-kind Food Processing Technology program in the fall of 2014. The program at Genesee Community college will help meet the growing demand for skilled food processing workers in the region.

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It was a bittersweet goodbye for members of the Holy Angels Academy community in North Buffalo Sunday.

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Under state and federal law, students are allowed to transfer out of academically-troubled schools, like many of Buffalo's schools. The problem is finding a school to transfer into and Albany has told the Buffalo Board of Education to find a way by June 30. 

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It’s an initiative that aims to boost student interest in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering across the state. The Master Teachers program is also aiming to ensure teachers perform at their highest level.

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The Buffalo Public School District has a new school budget with more spending and staff cuts as individual schools get a say on spending in their buildings.

Voters in six area school districts rejected spending plans on Tuesday.  The margin of defeat was decisive in Clarence where 58-percent voted against a plan to increase taxes by nearly ten percent.

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Voters across Western New York are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide on school budgets and candidates in a number of districts. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has more on budget votes in the City of Niagara Falls and Clarence.

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A group of Western New York high school students toured the Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo to learn about medical science.

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The Aloma D. Johnson Fruit Belt Community Charter School is moving into North Buffalo.

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The Peace Bridge Authority is the center of a dispute between U.S. and Canadian leaders as Governor Cuomo wants the Canadian general manager to leave. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney who has been following the developing issue over the last couple of weeks.

"Save Holy Angels" submits proposed recovery plan

May 11, 2013
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The "Save Holy Angels" Committee submitted a plan Friday to try and prevent the all-girls, Catholic high school from closing in North Buffalo. 

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Governor Cuomo and the State Education Department are saying a side deal between the Buffalo school district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation regarding teacher evaluations is illegal and should be blocked. The union is going to court to uphold the deal.

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The day after a school board election and a few days before a Buffalo Teachers Federation election, Wednesday night's school board meeting was, at times, tense with politics front and center.

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WBFO News has learned that the community charter school in Buffalo has been granted a temporary restraining order by state Supreme Court Justice John Michalek.  It calls to block the state education's attempt to close down the school.


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Some parents of students at Holy Angels Academy in North Buffalo are fighting the planned closing of the school.  Monday night, a group of parents met with the Board of Trustees for a financial explanation.  

Event showcases student innovation and creativity

May 6, 2013

More than 100 kids showcased their ideas at the 11th annual Western New York Invention Convention Sunday. The event took place at Medaille College in Buffalo. It was created to promote creative thinking and encourage scientific problem solving.

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A frequently nasty fight over control of the Buffalo school board is moving into its final hours, with results uncertain. 

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The City of Buffalo puts more than $70 million into the school system every year and this year it's contributing a little more to put staffers to work ensuring that kids show up.

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With the Buffalo school board election a week away, eight candidates turned out Tuesday night for a debate in Lafayette Presbyterian Church.

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The Buffalo School District plans to scrap its memorandum of understanding on teacher evaluations. In a written statement, Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown says the State Education Department determined the MOU between the district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation is void.

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The New York State Board of Regents has voted not to renew COMMUNITY Charter School in Buffalo.  The charter school's Board of Trustees and its leadership say they are reacting with "bitter disappointment".  But the local charter school is fighting to remain open. WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited COMMUNITY Charter for a first hand look at how it serves students in grades K-8 in the city's Kensington neighborhood.

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The State Education Department has voided a January memorandum of understanding between the Buffalo school district and its teachers union on evaluations. 

Teacher evaluation plan approved in Hamburg

Apr 19, 2013

Educators and administrators in Hamburg have approved a new teacher evaluation plan, one of the last districts in the state to do so.

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Students in grades three through eight are scheduled to take English Language Arts tests Tuesday across New York State. But as WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, some parents say they are opting out of the standardized testing.

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New York State Education leaders will hold a statewide news briefing late Monday morning to provide in-depth information on Common Core and Assessments. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to talk with state Education Commissioner John King during a visit to Buffalo last week about the ongoing debate over student assessments.

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A scholarship program designed to prevent students from dropping out of school has received a major boost. The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation issued a challenge grant for up to 900-thousand dollars to the Buffalo Schools for support of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the Hillside program currently serves 180-students at South Park and Bennett High Schools in Buffalo.

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