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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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New York State Education Commissioner John King was in Buffalo Wednesday.  King visited South Park High School.  While here, King was asked about the growing debate over the state's standardized tests.  

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Buffalo Public school children just aren't getting enough exercise and parents aren't happy about it.  A demonstration was held on the steps of City Hall Wednesday calling on the Board of Education to add more recess time.

Thousands rally for education tax credit

Apr 10, 2013
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More than 10,000 students, teachers, and administrators packed into First Niagara Center in Buffalo, Wednesday to rally for an education tax credit.

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The University at Buffalo has unveiled its design for its new downtown medical school.

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A St. Bonaventure student has been honored by Glamour magazine for her teen volunteerism program.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the St. Bona junior was among 10-students recognized across the country for their campus leadership.

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A plan to merge and move Buffalo's two-alternative schools drew heavy fire Tuesday night at a public meeting.

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With a lot of talk about Buffalo Board of Education elections, the candidates are starting to file to run in the May 7 election. 

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Students need fewer standardized tests and more time with teachers, according to the group Western New Yorkers for Public Education.

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New food processing facilities are popping up across Western New York and they’re generating demand for skilled workers to operate them. Preparations are underway to train more local people for the industry.

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Vowing to do more with less, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown says she is reorganizing the district, starting at the top.

Buffalo schools are seeing no financial relief in the new state budget which will probably fall into place Thursday.

There is good news for local school districts in the state budget being finalized in Albany. The agreement hammered out between Gov. Cuomo and lawmakers provides more than $21 billion in aid to education, an increase of nearly $1 billion.

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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.