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Details have been released about an education forum in Buffalo with State Education Commissioner John King and Regents Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett.

Some of the nation's most prestigious universities are joining in on the mission of Say Yes to Education.

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An educational forum took place at Jamestown High School Wednesday night. Hundreds of teachers and parents from across western New York got their chance to address concerns about Common Core testing standards with New York State Education Commissioner John King.

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Many students in some of Buffalo's most-troubled schools aren't receiving afterschool help, as the district deals with new procedures and the expanded Say Yes to Education program.

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Students from a local charter school recently took part in their first ever Twitter-based book club.  The project aims to promote reading through a digital platform familiar to most young people.

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Some Buffalo area high schools are being encouraged to sign up for a national program to prevent texting and driving. AT&T has teamed up with the Buffalo Sabres and team captain Steve Ott for the "It Can Wait" program.

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Future school teachers are learning some unique methods of self-expression in a University at Buffalo classroom. The teachings are also being shared with a group of Buffalo Public School students.

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Is Governor Cuomo backing away from his support for the new Common Core curriculum in schools? In recent days, Cuomo seems to have cooled from his initial endorsement of the rapid transition to the adoption of the national education standards. 

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One of the most complicated parts of the college application process is the financial aid form. With Buffalo's Say Yes to Education push, the University at Buffalo is helping with the application process with its FAFSA Completion Project.

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Say Yes Buffalo announced an important goal at its quarterly update Wednesday. Leaders and stakeholders of Say Yes gathered at Medaille College in Buffalo Wednesday announcing that the program is already a success.

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For Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino, the fight over cash and jobs is heating up as one of the highest level officials is pushed out the door.

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Students from Buffalo's Latino community gathered last Friday in the WNED-TV studios for a summit and special viewing of a PBS Independent Lens film The Graduate-Los Graduados.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on how the documentary brings to light the challenges Latino students are facing in America.

Erie Community College signed an agreement with St. John Fisher College Monday that allows students to be directly admitted into St. John Fisher, located outside of Rochester.

The Buffalo Schools District Parent Coordinating Council says the district is not following the law when it comes to physical education in its buildings.

King says some standardized tests will be eliminated

Oct 25, 2013
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ABANY, N.Y. (AP) _ State Education Commissioner John King has told superintendents that some standardized tests in New York public schools will be eliminated.

State Education Commissioner John King told an audience of parents and teachers Thursday night the state is not going to delay new Common Core learning reforms.

Governor Cuomo offered some support to top state education officials, who are getting blow back for a rough start to the implementation of the new Common Core principles in schools.

Sweet Home schools voters are at the voting machines today deciding on nearly $19 million in construction projects across the district.

King announces new slate of education forums

Oct 19, 2013
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New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. has announced a series of 12 forums on the new Common Core learning standards and other reforms.

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An architectural landmark school on Buffalo's West Side is officially back in service after a $12 million reconstruction project. Buffalo Public School #18 had a grand reopening Thursday evening. 

Across the country and in Albany, the push is on to improve the quality of the adult standing in front of a classroom of young people.

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A spate of recent serious football-related injuries and fatalities, as well a $765 million payout by the NFL to over 4,500 retired players has heightened awareness around the danger of concussion.

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Nichols School in Buffalo has ushered in a new leadership era.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says a convocation ceremony was held Friday afternoon to welcome the school's 12th Head of School.

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Elected representatives of Buffalo's teachers have voted unanimously in opposition to state and federal mandates for transfers out of  low-performing schools and into schools in good standing.

Westfied-Brocton cancels rest of football season

Sep 24, 2013

The Westfied-Brocton football program has canceled the remainder of its varsity football season in the aftermath of a player's death from injuries suffered during a game.

Prestigious Ivy League schools join growing Say Yes program

Sep 18, 2013

Cornell University, Princeton University and Dartmouth College have joined the expanding Say Yes To Education program, which provides high school students a tuition-free path to college.

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State Education Commissioner John King says he is disappointed there hasn't been more progress on a transfer plan for all Buffalo Public Schools students, as required by federal law.

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One of the area's oldest all-boys Catholic high schools has entered a new era. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore is experiencing an enrollment boom. WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the school Monday to find out about its growth.

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A large group of students from the former Holy Angels Academy in North Buffalo is adjusting to a new school. Mount St. Mary Academy in Tonawanda is welcoming about 80 new students from Holy Angels Academy, which closed at the end of the last school year.

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A former Buffalo Board of Education member believes the state is poised to take over the city school district. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Ellicott District Common Council member Rev. Darius Pridgen about the ongoing crisis as new school year begins for city students Thursday.