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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A teenage artist from East Aurora is showcasing her talents at the Museum of disABILITY History on Main Street in Amherst.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us the artwork is part of an exhibit 'In Celebration of Down Syndrome'. 

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East Middle School recently welcomed English Language Learner students to the West Seneca Central School District with a ‘potluck style’ pass-a-plate meal where families and friends shared conversation and food from their own cultures.

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The threat of hunger appears to be a growing concern for some college students.  Nearly 4,000 students, on 34-campuses in 12-states, including New York, participated in a recent survey on the topic. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the new report found more than one in five students struggling with buying food. 

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The Buffalo Public School District is working to provide a safe option for students who live near their school to walk. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district tested out the 'walking school bus' to Highgate Heights Elementary School.

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A Nashville school leader recently traveled to Buffalo to learn more about Say Yes.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says like Buffalo's school district, Nashville is experiencing high poverty among students and many English Language Learners.   

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The pace of bargaining between Buffalo schools and the teachers union has picked up. Bargaining teams met Tuesday and are planning to meet again on Friday afternoon.


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Leaders of the Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation are expected to hold a conversation Tuesday.  


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The graduation rate for Catholic high school students in Western New York is at 99-percent.  98-percent of those graduates go on to college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the Schools Superintendent for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo about strengthening Catholic schools and challenges ahead.   

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Canisius College has received a one-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance its STEM learning.   The five year grant will allow the college to provide 700-thousand dollars in scholarships starting in the fall of next year.

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A theater company in Buffalo, solely devoted to children, is celebrating its 45th season.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Theatre of Youth, known as TOY, continues entertaining young children with special performances as an educational tool. 

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There are many stories about students being bullied, but often those victimized are people with disabilities. That was the focus of this year's annual conference by the University at Buffalo's Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us Thursday's conference was a gathering of educators, mental health professionals and individuals with disabilities.  


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More than 20-colleges, high schools and middle schools have pledged their support to collect food for the homeless. The Buffalo City Mission kicked-off Mission Possible: Food Drive School Challenge Thursday. 

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City teachers held a mass rally Wednesday after years of little movement in talks between the Buffalo School Board and the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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A music program providing violin lessons to West Side children in the city's under-served population has received a grant from the Community Foundation of Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Strings Works is the recipient of a $20,000 grant.

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A Canisius College graduate has produced a nationally-acclaimed documentary called "Dream, Girl".  It is designed to inspire and empower women to reach their career goals. WBFO's senior reporter  Eileen Buckley says Erin Bagwell brings her film to several venues in the Buffalo area this week.

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As StoryCorps continues its visit to Buffalo, some area college students are using it as a learning tool. WBFO's senior reporter talked to Villa Maria College students studying digital media to learn how the StoryCorps programming is influencing their studies.  


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A Sweet Home High School teacher in Amherst was honored with the New York State Excellence in Teaching Award. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul appeared at the high school Monday to deliver the honor.

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Local students will benefit from the generosity of a First Niagara Foundation grant that will provide them with a bird’s eye view of arts education at The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. The grant has a huge payoff for local education—this school year it will sponsor guided tours free of charge to K-12 groups from across the region.

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The University at Buffalo held a celebration ceremony Friday morning to rededicate Hayes Hall on the south campus on Main Street. UB completed a $44 million renovation that started in 2010 and was completed this year. Hayes Hall is home to UB's School of Architecture and Planning. The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Supervisor of Art Education for the Buffalo Public School District will be honored Sunday by the National Football League.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Michele Agosto will be receiving the Buffalo Bills Hispanic Heritage Leadership award.

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Say Yes Buffalo continues to play a key role in supporting new services in the city school district.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says those services were outlined at Wednesday Say Yes Community Leadership Council Meeting.   

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It is a work in progress, but Buffalo Public Schools are racing to get some key parts of its community schools program up and running. WBFO's Mike Desmond was at Bennett High School Wednesday for a meeting on where the program is and where it is headed.

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Proposed changes are in the works for New York State's ELA and Math  Common Core Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the State Education Department issued the proposed Common Core changes at every grade level,-from pre-school through 12th grade Wednesday.  

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Both sides remain at the table in the on-going Buffalo teachers contract dispute.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with city Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash Wednesday morning for an update.

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A special celebration was held at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Tuesday to honor the founder of the school. If you drive by the school on Kenmore Avenue in Kenmore you will see a large, bronze statue of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.  

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Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, who is running for the 60th New York State Senate seat, says Buffalo school students are spending too much time on school buses every day. Jacobs stood outside the North Park Academy Tuesday calling for a return to neighborhood and community schools in the city.

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An arbitrator has ruled against the Buffalo Board of Education's removal of the cosmetic surgery rider in its teachers' union contract.

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This fall marks the start of an historic school year for the University at Buffalo Law School as the school makes public its largest ever fundraising campaign has been surpassed. Announced Monday in a UB press release, the fundraising campaign that began seven years ago has made its mark at the $30 million goal.

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A New York court has thrown out a lawsuit against the state brought by eight small city school districts that could have meant millions of dollars annually in additional school aid.

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So far this new school year the Buffalo Public School District has enrolled more than 800 new immigrant and refugee students to attend city schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the District has added Cultural Resource specialists to welcome families into the school district.

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