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A new scholarship program will soon be offered to Western New York High School seniors. Harvest Time Partners, a Michigan-based company, will provide the funding through several local organizations. The scholarships will be provided to students who demonstrate strong character.

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A deal reached between legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo would increase funding for education by nearly $1 billion.  Some of the money would be used to advance several initiatives announced by Cuomo earlier in the year. 

The clock is ticking for graduating seniors in the City of Buffalo to apply for a Say Yes scholarship. This is the program's first year and it's already proving to be very popular. 

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Since the mass killing of 20 young children in Newtown, Connecticut in mid December there have been eight other incidents of school shootings reported nationwide.

About 1,400 teachers, school administrators and members of various law enforcement agencies from across the state took part in the Tenth Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar at the University at Buffalo Friday.

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C-SPAN awarded honorable mention to a Lockport teenage in its annual video competition.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to the Starpoint High School student and his mother about his winning documentary titled "Our College Cost Conundrum".

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Millions of girls around the globe face major obstacles to receiving an education, but a global campaign called 10X10 is working to break barriers. It has created a film called Girl Rising. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Seminary students will have an exclusive, private viewing of the film Sunday afternoon as part of Women's History Month.

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Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council is calling for the return of recess to city schools.

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With Buffalo developer Carl Paladino officially in the race for the Buffalo Board of Education, the war of words has started between the former gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore. 


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Buffalo developer and activist Carl Paladino has announced a run for the Buffalo School Board, on the heels of being tossed out of a board meeting Wednesday night.

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Buffalo teachers still have not voted on the proposed evaluation system of their work and it may be a few weeks before there is a decision.

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A Niagara Falls school was evacuated this morning after a chlorine gas leak gave off possible noxious fumes in the school's swimming pool area.

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The Buffalo Public School District has been grappling with languages issues for decades, with difficulties increasing in the era of high-stakes testing and immigration from the far corners of the world.

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Buffalo Board of Education members were told Wednesday there will be an attempt to unseat those seeking another term. They were also told the proposed state budget does little for the continuing fiscal problem. 

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Education advocates say Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to increase school aid 4.4 percent in the next fiscal year falls short of what is needed.

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Niagara University President Rev. Joseph Levesque announced Tuesday he will be stepping down.

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Two catholic elementary schools in south Buffalo will be closing and merging into one large campus next school year.

Uncertainty and anger among Buffalo Teachers Federation leaders has stalled approval of a teacher evaluation agreement signed off on Thursday in Albany.

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The long struggle over evaluating teachers in Buffalo may be over for this year, with Albany approving the plan bargained between city schools and the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

Union and district officials have come to an agreement on an evaluation plan for Buffalo school teachers.

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Buffalo school board members will find out this week how bad is the fiscal picture for the rest of this and next year.  Meanwhile, they have to decide on a potential cost-saver, merging Early Middle College High School and International Prep.

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Some Kenmore East High School students completed a portrait of a 14-year-old Pakistan teen seriously wounded by the Taliban for standing up for freedom. 

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A suburban school district is caught between two national groups on opposite sides of the centuries-long fight over the separation of church and state.

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The leader of the Buffalo's teachers union says there are some flaws in school security at some public schools in the city.  Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore has learned that some classroom doors don't lock.


A agreement on the teacher transfer issue was reached late Friday during a meeting between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown. 

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An 18-year-old student was arrested and charged Thursday with making a terrorist threat against a Buffalo public high school.

The University at Buffalo is continuing to move up on the affordability index from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, making the university a better financial deal in fiscal hard times.

Buffalo schools are again grappling with the issues of student conduct and suspensions.  A discussion of the proposed code of conduct was held at McKinley High School Tuesday night, the first in a series of public meetings on the plan.

The Buffalo School District says it is being vigilant in its response to Friday's mass shooting in Connecticut.

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The Educate NY Now Express made more than 25 stops across the state to highlight the looming fiscal crisis in education.  The Alliance for Quality Education organized the bus tour to the state Capitol to lobby for a "sound, basic" education. 

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