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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Some local college students say they never registered to vote because they're so unhappy with the candidates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with students at Medaille College in Buffalo to discuss Tuesday's historic election.    

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Two Buffalo Public schools are in a 'healthy competition' and it's all about fitness.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at West Hertel Elementary demonstrated new fit activity kits that are 'fitbits for kids'.  

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With many education issues to tackle this school year, the leader of the New York State School Boards Association offers advice to board members. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Executive Director of the Association Tim Kremer.    

 

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Daemen College in Amherst has received a $1 million gift. It is the largest private donation to the school’s history.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it comes from Orchard Park businessman Paul Saffrin, CEO of Tonawanda Coke.   

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The Buffalo Public School District recently named a new leader at the Hamlin Park School Number 74.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with the new principal as he was only on the third day of his new job.  


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Buffalo Public school teacher is teaming up with some out-of-town colleagues to present a unique lesson for this year's historic Presidential election.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us about Tuesday night's "The History Teacher  Presidential Debate".  

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Some Buffalo Public school children wore their Halloween costumes to class Monday. Several city schools hosted Halloween parades for students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with some young students at the Hamlin Park School.


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The leader of the New York State Board of Regents says they are working to make some changes to assessments. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Chancellor Betty Rosa.  

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For decades, school districts were reluctant to fire teachers and administrators because it was so complicated and expensive. However, changes in the law mean there are more attempts being made and the costs have dropped significantly.

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A conversation on critical education issues took center stage Friday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) is holding its annual convention. The three-day conference kicked off Thursday and draws about 2000 educators to the region. 

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New York States Big 5 School Districts gathered in Buffalo Friday morning to issue a list of recommendations to support English Language Learners in classrooms.  

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Construction is on track for the University at Buffalo's brand new medical school in downtown Buffalo.  An update was provided by UB officials Thursday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the future Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will engage students and the community. 

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Buffalo Public school families were expected to begin receiving letters Wednesday in the mail regarding results of lead levels in the water. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Mayor Byron Brown is pleased the district initiated the testing process, but is not making a commitment to help for cost in remediation. 

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The long-discussed issue of the Buffalo School District’s gender identity policy was voted on at Wednesday night’s meeting of the School Board, and the meeting ended in celebration.


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The Western New York Library Resources Council hosted a conversation about the literacy skills gap crisis affecting students heading into college and the workforce. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a panel discussion on The Skills Gap Crisis From High School to College held at ECC's North campus Wednesday. 

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Buffalo Public Schools are awaiting completion of test results for about two thirds of its schools and their water sources. But on Tuesday, officials confirmed that a few sources within 18 schools showed signs of lead contamination at or above levels that, under state regulations, require action.


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As Buffalo's new economy shifts to high tech manufacturing there is a strong need for trained employees.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says STEM training is playing a key role to prepare the future workforce for advanced manufacturing job.  

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has a long legacy of performing concerts for area school children.  This school year the BPO Youth Concerts are featuring a blend of music and visual arts. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes us inside Kleinhans Music Hall where some young Buffalo Public School children started their day with a lesson on how the power of music changes emotions.

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The leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation says there is much work ahead, even with a new teacher’s contract in hand. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains.  

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It's done. It may have taken more than 12 years, but a teacher contract is finally in place in the Buffalo Public School system. However, Park District School Board Member Carl Paladino is threatening to go to court over being shut down when he wanted answers to questions during a board meeting.


ECC ranks among Top 100 for associate degrees

Oct 18, 2016
Erie Community College

For the eighth consecutive year, Erie Community College has been honored among the top 100 two-year colleges in the country in awarding associate degrees. The honor comes from Community College Week’s 2016 edition of “100 Top Associate Degree Producers.”

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The Buffalo Board of Education emerged from executive session and approved a tentative contract deal for city school teachers in a vote of 7-2 early Monday night.  

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After 12-long years without a contract, the Buffalo Teachers Federation and city school district reached a tentative deal late Sunday night. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says two city leaders are reacting.

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As the community continues searching for answers in dealing with the Opioid addiction crisis, Medaille College in Buffalo is set to host a public conversation, “The Opioid Epidemic: What you Need to Know.”  It will be held Wednesday, October 26th at 6 p.m. 

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The Buffalo Board of Education and the Buffalo Teachers Federation reached a tentative contract deal late Sunday.  The school board is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a tentative contract finally sealed close to midnight Sunday evening. It would be the first labor agreement between the two sides since the last one expired 12 years ago.

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo has a new leader who formerly served.  Marsha Joy Sullivan has returned as president. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Sullivan agreed to extend her  role from interim to permanent.   

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The Buffalo Public School District has a brand new curriculum focusing on teaching Cybersecurity at two of its innovation schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Delaware North announced a partnership with the district.  

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The labor talks between the Buffalo school system and the Buffalo Teachers Federation are apparently making progress.


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Carl Paladino is back as the target of people who want him removed from the Buffalo School Board and are circulating a petition to demand he be gone.

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Speculation is mounting on how the Buffalo Teachers contract saga will conclude.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the issues that need to be hammered out between the City School district and Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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