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Proposed bills aim to address issues with Common Core

Dec 27, 2013
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Lawmakers will introduce a package of bills during the 2014 Legislative Session that aim to address issues concerning the Common Core learning standards.

Marshall Scholarships are awarded to no more than 40 American college students each year. Recently, a University at Buffalo student became just the second in UB's history to win the prestigious award. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with both.

Several Buffalo State College students recently taught science lessons to city children from different cultural backgrounds. The college students ended up learning some lessons themselves.

Lackawanna students enjoy STEM-themed rap performance

Dec 19, 2013
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A Scientist known as the “Grand Hank” took to the stage at Lackawanna High School Wednesday to promote STEM education.

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Brand new artwork created by some Buffalo public high school students has been unveiled at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Ten original paintings are now inside the terminal to greet holiday travelers.

Census Bureau ranks upstate districts based on poverty

Dec 19, 2013
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Orchard Park has the third-lowest poverty rate of the 455 school districts in upstate New York, according to Business First’s analysis of new Census Bureau data.

Union blames tax cap for school spending inequality

Dec 18, 2013

Wealthier schools in the state spend 80 percent more on student education than poorer districts. The New York State United Teachers blames the funding inequality in part on the states property tax cap.

Final education forum for 2013 held in Buffalo

Dec 13, 2013
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An educational forum with New York State Education Commissioner John King and Regent’s Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett took place in Buffalo Thursday night.

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The Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs at Daemen College received a grant to prepare elementary school students with learning disabilities for middle school.

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State Education Commissioner John King staunchly backed Common Core learning standards during a live forum in Buffalo Thursday that aired live on WNED-TV and WBFO Radio.  He said he is aware of the strong criticism from many educators and parents across New York.

Education forum in Buffalo tonight

Dec 12, 2013
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The New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King and Regent’s Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett will host an educational forum in Buffalo Thursday night.

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Teachers at Niagara Falls High School are testing out a new model of teaching that switches lecture and homework time. The flipped classroom concept aims to give teachers more time to work one-on-one with students.

Teachers, parents rally at home of NYS Regent

Dec 9, 2013
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The Buffalo Teachers Federation Teachers led a picket outside Regent’s Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett’s home in Tonawanda Monday afternoon.

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In a show of solidarity, parents, teachers and students across New York are dressed in blue today as part of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.

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More and more schools are providing healthier food options for students. One private Catholic school in Buffalo launched a sustainable program this past fall in its dinning hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited Nardin Academy during a lunch break to find out how the school is cooking from scratch.

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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.