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.

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As the topic of bullying remains in the forefront in the wake of the local death of Williamsville North High School student  Jamey Rodemeyer  a private school in Amherst will be screening a documentary about  bulling. 

The Park School will feature "Finding Kind".   It focuses on girl to girl aggression and bullying.    WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to young women who are the filmakers of "Finding Kind".

Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson are 2009 graduates of Pepperdine University  in Malibu, California.  

New York State Education Commissioner John King, Jr. has suspended School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding for all 10 SIG school districts in the state.  That includes Buffalo.  

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The Buffalo Board of Education has a new member.  The school board voted five to three Wednesday night to appoint Barbara Seals Nevergold as an at-large member. 

Seals Nevergold succeeds Christopher Jacobs, who was elected Erie County Clerk. 

Seals Nevergold is co-founder and co-director of the Uncrowned Queens Institute, which documents the stories of African-American women.
 

Local students pledge holiday safety in "chain of life"

Dec 23, 2011

Students at one Western New York high school are entering their Holiday break promising safe decisions involving driving.   A so-called "chain of life" made of paper links, alternating in red and green for the Holiday season, hang from the ceiling in the main lobby of West Seneca West High School.  Each linked was signed by students who, by doing so, have promised not to drink and drive or text and drive.

A student at Sweet Home High School is behind bars after an arrest for sexual assault.

The identity of the seventeen year old male student is not being released nor is the name of the fifteen year old female victim. A hall monitor alerted staff members that a male student had taken the female student into a secluded area of the school. When the staff investigated, they were able to stop the assault in progress. Lieutenant Eric Davis of the Amherst Police Department commended the staff at the school for their prompt attention to the situation.

A  unity rally was held at Lafayette High School on Saturday in support of the school.

Lafayette has been identified as one of the under-performing schools in the Buffalo District. Students, parents, teachers and community activists all came together to celebrate what is hoped to be a positive future for the school. School Principle Naomi Cerre claims that actions underway are brightening the school's outlook.

Buffalo Schools turn-around plans approved

Dec 15, 2011

The Buffalo Board of Education approved turn-around models Wednesday night for six low-achieving schools.  Futures Academy and the Charles Drew Science Magnet will both see half of their staffs replaced.  The other four schools will operate under an Educational Partnership Organization.  Known as an E-P-O, it is a restart model that -- if approved by the State -- would see outside organizations run the schools.   

UB2020 gets state's thumbs up

Dec 13, 2011
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Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to the University at Buffalo's Amherst campus Tuesday to announce the approval of the UB2020 application. 

The State has awarded $35 million to UB under the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.   Governor Cuomo signed the challenge grant at the North campus late Tuesday morning.  The $375 million dollar plan is designed to create more than 3,000 jobs while helping to revitalize Buffalo's economy.

State Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that he is introducing legislation to close a loophole in the state’s child abuse reporting requirements.   

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says  Maziarz points to the Penn State scandal -- saying it has put sexual abuse back in the national spotlight and highlights loopholes in the reporting laws.   

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Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon and Parents' Group leader Sam Radford are two of Thursday night's scheduled speakers at an information session on possible turnaround models for Buffalo's lowest performing schools. 

United Partners for Public Education in Buffalo will host the discussion starting at 6 p.m. Buffalo's Waterfront School.

Buffalo, NY – William Greiner's last Talk of the University on WBFO.

Buffalo, NY – The largest, most prestigious collection of James Joyce materials in the world went on exhibit this weekend for the first time away from it's home at UB.

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo Alumni Association will honor 20 individuals with achievement awards at a gala to be held Friday in the Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St.

Buffalo, NY – UB's Center for Computational Research hopes to grow its own future scientists by taking its sophisticated bioinformatics into area high schools.

"This is a DNA to protein sequence," said Jaclyn Shaw. "Here what we do is use Purl, which is our coding sequence, and what you do is type in a certain series of DNA. You can make up anything out of the four nitrogenous bases and then it prints out the actual amino acids that would be produced. That's what we've been working on."

Buffalo, NY – Over 800 people were in attendance Thursday night for a forum on public education in Western New York. Called Buffalo Conversation II, the discussion at Buffalo State College focused on ways to improve the education experience for area students.

Several speakers said that parents should be more involved in their children's education, and that financially challenged districts such as Buffalo's need more resources.

Buffalo, NY – Hundreds of students from the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State will begin a march to Albany Tuesday to protest a proposed $1,200 tuition increase.

They're calling it the "No Tuition Hike." The relay march across New York will involve students from all SUNY campuses across the state, culminating March 11th in Albany. Organizer Michael Davoli of the New York Public Interest Research Group says local students will be marching 24 miles today.

Buffalo, NY – Last week the director of the FBI warned that universities could be a target for small scale terrorist attacks. While no specific threat has been directed at UB, university officials are making sure they're ready. That includes heightened security, updating emergency plans, and providing information for the people who come to campus.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear Gabe DiMaio's report.

Chautauqua Institution, NY – It's an all too familiar story. A $200 million deficit, contentious union-administration relationships and 90 percent of graduating seniors failing their proficiency exams. The Cleveland school system had been in long-term disarray when its new CEO arrived in 1998.

The head of Cleveland schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, will be speaking next Thursday at the Chautauqua Institution as part of the theme -- "A Passion for Learning."

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo remembered its first chancellor -- and the nation's 13th president -- Monday. It was the 202nd anniversary of Fillmore's birth. Our News Director Mark Scott has attended this ceremony at Fillmore's Forest Lawn gravesite since the 1980s. Having run out of story angles after all these years, Mark assigned Gabe DiMaio to make the trek to Forest Lawn...

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