Education

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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 Buffalo School Board rejected a multi-million dollar computer equipment purchase Wednesday night, rejecting assurances from Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash and some of his top aides that the proposal was above board.

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Student vision is an important component to their academic success.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Lions Club International has completed eye screenings at all Buffalo Public Elementary Schools.   

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The Allentown Village Association is helping to support an education program at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this program provides learning at the Burchfield for students from Buffalo Public School #33 the Bilingual Center. 

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Daemen College in Amherst was recently named to the "Best Value School" ranking.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the listing is based on variety and quality of programs, student satisfaction and affordability.     

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Buffalo Public Schools are changing the way the district hires teachers, planning to do it much earlier when the talent pool is larger. The district is starting earlier so schools and principals know how they stand in preparing for fall classes.

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The principal at McKinley High School has been placed leave during an investigation following a lawsuit filed earlier in the week. The Buffalo Public School District has issued a response to a lawsuit filed earlier this week alleging discrimination against LGBTQ students at McKinley High School.

School districts across the state are holding votes on their budgets Tuesday. While almost all of them are keeping their spending requests within the mandatory tax cap, some districts wonder whether the cap is sustainable over the long term.


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The longtime leader of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore is planning his retirement. President Robert Scott says he will retire at the end of the next school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Scott about his decision to leave after more than four decades.


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The Buffalo School Board was told Wednesday night that the district wants to spend $6 million upgrading its computer system. However, that brought up the question of prior multi-million-dollar purchases from the spouse of a former board member.

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The Buffalo Public Schools have been hit with a lawsuit claiming the administration of McKinley High School actively blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance at the school and the district is not doing anything about the discrimination.

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Bullying has existed for generations. Technology has turned what once could be temporarily escaped into a non-stop, around-the-clock menace for many victims. WBFO, with the assistance of AT&T, hosted an online panel discussion, Cyberbullying: A Relentless Cycle, to address cyberbullying and how to address and stop it. 

Cyberbullying prevention digital resources

May 9, 2017

Many adults recall being bullied as kids, but in this interconnected world, the taunts don't stop when the school day ends. Our friends at University at Buffalo's Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention and AT&T have provided some helpful online resources to help students, parents and educators do to minimize cyberbullying:

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Some University at Buffalo athletes staged a sit-in outside President Satish Tripathi's office Monday. They were protesting against UB's plans to cut four sports teams.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a UB alumnus is planning to file a lawsuit. 

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The Buffalo Public School District has managed to close a $10-million shortfall as the budget process is underway. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the district's proposed spending plan that school board must approved by May 17th.  

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The very first class of Say Yes Buffalo students to achieve four completed years of college is ready to graduate. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of the Say Yes scholars who will be graduating from Medaille College this month.  

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Erie Community College students will be paying a little more to attend classes this fall. The ECC Board of Directors approved Thursday a 3 percent annual tuition hike, an  increase of $167. The hike brings the total tuition cost to $4,900 a year.


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A stunning new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why" has parents and schools concerned.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says some believe the content is harsh and "glamorizes" suicide.   

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The public will now have a chance to weigh-in on revisions to the state's Learning Standards for Math and English. The Common Core is now being referred to as New York State P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released its revisions Tuesday. 

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New York state’s education commissioner said Tuesday that new state-specific learning standards will offer several improvements over the controversial Common Core standards. This comes as students in grades three through eight across the state's 700 school  began the first of three days of math testing on Tuesday.


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A Buffalo Public school is making sure students with autism are thriving. City Honors has a program called Students with Autism Rising to Success (STARS). WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley met a couple of students, their moms and teachers who are part of this program.

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Applications for the state's tuition-free plan for eligible students to attend all SUNY schools will be ready at the end of this month.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul appeared at the UB's North Campus Monday touting the Excelsior Scholarships to students.   

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This month will mark a number of college and universities commencement ceremonies. Next month many high schools hold their graduations. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a national leader of higher education about why some students are still not 'college ready'.   

This week and next is a national rite of passage for stressed-out overachievers everywhere. Nearly 3 million high school students at 22,000 high schools will be sitting down to take their Advanced Placement exams.

Created by the nonprofit College Board in the 1950s, AP is to other high school courses what Whole Foods is to other supermarkets: a mark of the aspirational, a promise of higher standards and, occasionally, a more expensive alternative.

PLS 3rd Learning

The Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC) is naming PLS 3rd Learning Executive Vice President Michael Horning, Jr. the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Robert W. Heller Distinguished Service Award. The award, which started in 2014, recognizes those not employed by a school district who have make a positive impact on education within the eight-county region of Western New York.

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Hours before the Niagara County Community College was slated to fire him, college president James Klyczek notified the college board he was retiring, effective immediately. The board of trustees appointed Academic Affairs Vice President Luba Chliwniak as officer-in-charge for up to 90 days.


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Teenage boys say they're not as worried about social media as high school girls. But they share the same pressures of fitting in and time management. This morning WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley brings you part two of our Cafeteria Chats series with students from Lake Shore Central High School in Angola.  


Niagara County Community College

Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees is expected to take a crucial vote on future of the college’s president.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Board has called for a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

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Pressures for high school students vary depending on their grade level and gender.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with eight students from Lake Shore Central High School in Angola as she brings us another installment of our on-going Cafeteria Chats.


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An entrepreneur, academic and former undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Energy has been appointed the next leader of New York state's public university system. 

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District

The Ken-Ton Board of Education is appointing Stephen Bovino to be the next superintendent of schools. Bovino was unanimously appointed after serving as interim superintendent since January. He says his main focus is student achievement.

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