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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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The first round of students under Buffalo's new Say Yes to Education program will be heading to college this fall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says these students received scholarships to pay for their education.

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The city of Buffalo is trying to assist with various programs and funding to help the ailing Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Buffalo is providing programs for "at-risk-youth" and more financial support.

The vast majority of the 2,200 Buffalo Public Schools students who have requested a transfer from a low-performing school to a school in good standing are being denied.

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Buffalo School leaders are not surprised by the huge drop in standardized test scores. In Buffalo -- only 11% of students in Grades three through eighth met or exceeded the ELA standard and just over 9% met or exceeded in math.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the results are being referred to as a new baseline for the recently implemented Common Core Standards.

Buffalo students score low on new tougher tests

Aug 7, 2013

As predicted by state education officials, scores on the first English and math tests given statewide to elementary school students under tougher new learning standards are not very good.

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About 180 area elementary school children didn't take a full-summer vacation. They remained in the classroom for a special reading program offered by the University at Buffalo in two suburban school districts -- Maryvale and Amherst. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently attended the program at Maryvale to find out how it improves student reading skills.

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The Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night approved a turnaround plan for two failing high schools. The board voted 8-1 to move ahead with using Johns Hopkins as the educational partnership organization for Lafayette and East High Schools. 

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Two state assembly members from Buffalo are demanding answers from state Education Commissioner John on his mandate to the city's school district.

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The Buffalo school board held the second of its two public meetings over the future of East and Lafayette High Schools Wednesday night at Lafayette.

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Jul 25, 2013
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A movie post-production center is expected to bring over 150 jobs to western New York. As WBFO’s Ashley Hassett reports the film hub partners a local college with a new visual effects company.

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In a meeting Monday night marked by several hours of technical problems, there was a clear message to Albany: leave East High School alone.

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The first of two community meetings will be held tonight in Buffalo's East High School about Education Commissioner John King's plan for turning around East and Lafayette High. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, at least one state lawmaker is concerned with King's mandate.

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The Buffalo Public School District has an August 12th deadline set by the state Education Department to make changes at two failing city high schools.

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After hours of a Buffalo school board meeting last night, Pamela Brown is still schools superintendent and Carl Paladino made his presence known.

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This afternoon, Carl Paladino goes to his first full meeting of the Buffalo school board as a member and he's bringing a thick stack of paperwork outlining changes he wants to make.

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Albany is looking at a Buffalo schools plan to allow parents to transfer their kids out of failing schools and into good ones. The problem is, the city has few schools in good standing.

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Making the decision to change careers and return to education can be daunting in a challenging job market. Western New York native Sabrina Cascucci left a stable job to go back to college at 38-years old to try and make an impact in the field of medical technology.

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New York isn't providing the education it could to the state's students, according to a new report card prepared by the Alliance for Quality Education.

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The Buffalo Board of Education held its annual reorganization Monday. Three new school board members were sworn into office and a new board president was elected.

Buffalo School Board ready for reorganization

Jul 1, 2013
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The Buffalo Board of Education gets some new leadership Monday afternoon as it holds its reorganization.

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Say Yes to Education Buffalo offers city public high school graduates a chance to go to college.  Earlier this week the  organization and Buffalo Board of Education reached agreement on their relationship going forward. 

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Newly elected Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino is calling for the resignation of schools superintendent Pamela Brown.

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The Buffalo school board gave Superintendent Pamela Brown a good grade for her first year, but the evaluation was not released to the public.

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Children all across Buffalo are being encouraged to read this summer. Mayor Byron Brown kicked off his 12th annual Reading Rules program Tuesday. As WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, the reading challenge is designed to help students in Kindergarten through 12th grade improve their reading and writing skills while they are away from the classroom for the summer.

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A review is underway to determine why the Buffalo Public Schools graduation rate is now among the lowest in the state.

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Voters in six regional school districts will be taking re-votes Tuesdays on revised school budgets.  

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The Buffalo Public Schools District has once again experienced a drop in its graduation rate.

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Summer is always great time for children to stay on track by reading and last week, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System kicked off "Dig into Reading," the Library's Summer Reading initiative geared toward school-age children and their families. Programs are planned throughout the next couple of months across the area and later this week you are asked to "Hug your Library".

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Some middle school students at Futures Academy conducted their own fact-finding about Buffalo's Fruit Belt.  Students created a documentary to learn the history of the neighborhood.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley attended a screening of the film and had a chance to talk to some of the students involved.

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Buffalo's first charter school is saying good-bye to its founder.  Dr. Claity  Massey is retiring.  Massey formed King Center 13-years ago at the former St. Mary of Sorrows Church on Genesee Street.

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