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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A long-time tradition at a private high school in Kenmore provides donations to those in need in Olean. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says close to 30,000 items were collected by students at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. 

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A funeral mass will be held in New York City Thursday for the late M&T Bank Chairman Robert Wilmers. Wilmers, who died last Sunday at the age of 83 at his home in New York City, leaves a lasting legacy in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the high-profile banker remained a longtime advocate for Buffalo Public School students. 

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We are proud to say one of our education stories caught the attention of Buffalo Bills linebacker Preston Brown.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley received an email from Brown's mother, Patrice Brown, December 12th, stating a story on the Urban Teacher Academy was "heartfelt" and as a result of hearing our coverage her son is adopting the inaugural freshman class.  Eileen was the only reporter on hand as the Bills player visited McKinley High School.

With assets in excess of $1.1 billion, the UB Foundation has enjoyed great success raising funds in support of the activities at the University at Buffalo. However, a foundation investment in a fund that profits from natural gas and oil industries is raising controversy in some university sectors. As Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post discusses on WBFO's Press Pass, some see the investment as a contradiction to the university's values on sustainability.


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The family of a teenager who took his life last spring is trying to convince schools to adopt a special anti-bullying program.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Devin's Message Foundation was created by the grandfather of the 15-year-old teen.  

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a bill to fund more vocational education. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Gillibrand is proposing a bill to direct more funding for high-tech training in high school and higher education. 


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Buffalo Public Schools administrators are telling the School Board they want to turn School 66 in North Buffalo into a community school, starting in the fall of 2018.

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The New York State Board of Regents adopted a new regulation this week that will make it easier for students with disabilities to earn a local diploma.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with a state senator who is pleased with the amendment.

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Once a failing city school, Buffalo's former Riverside High School has been transformed into a new Innovative High School.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Riverside Academy is providing an education about the 'Blue Economy'. 

The New York State Board of Regents this week voted to expand options for special education students who struggle with academic exams. 

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St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute has named a new president.

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Homeless and formerly homeless students continue scoring poorly on state assessments. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new report was issued by The Education Trust-New York. 

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City students from Buffalo Promise Neighborhood schools participated in a lesson of giving Monday to help those in need. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the students from Westminster Community Charter and Highgate Heights Elementary helped prepare holiday food donations in the University District.   

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The New York State Board of Regents is proposing a $1.6 billion increase in funding for schools, and calls to continue to phase in Foundation Aid.  The Regents issued its state aid and legislative priorities for 2018 during its meeting in Albany Monday. 

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Nursing students at Daemen College in Amherst will have access to wound care information.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college has announced a new partnership.

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The job market is opening up for nurses again. The difficulty is expanding nursing programs to meet that need, at a time when there is a shortage of the teachers with doctorates essential to the programs.

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Three Western New York schools will receive aid as part of an education initiative that was proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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The Buffalo Public School District and SUNY Buffalo State have launched the city’s first-ever Urban Teacher Academy for high school students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says about 20-ninth graders joined the program this fall at McKinley High School.

9 arrests made in Brockport hazing incident

Dec 7, 2017
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Nine men have been charged with misdemeanors in  Brockport in connection with a months-long hazing investigation at the College of Brockport.

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union is ready to fight against an outside receiver taking over B.U.I.L.D. Academy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the story. 

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Financially struggling Canisius College is now dealing with very public labor problems.

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Last month some student radio hosts at the University of Minnesota, Morris were kicked-off their airwaves during their live broadcast for what was considered inappropriate comments.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with some local media communication majors who follow strict on-air rules on campus radio. 

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For at least 20 years, the Buffalo Public Schools system and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority have had what amounts to a handshake deal to carry the city's high school students. However, the district wants better return for its $8 million a year and might look for competitors.

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The Buffalo Public School District is seeking applications for an outside receiver to take over the B.U.I.L.D. Academy. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Jay Rey discuss the legacy of the school and time line for selecting a receiver.

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A group of students at Amherst Central High School officially trained to become "Upstander Ambassadors".  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they will work to combat cyberbullying. 

The New Year could bring an expansion of a program that allows professionals with graduate degrees in a number of other fields to transfer their real work experience to a New York State teaching certificate.

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Question: Do the students and parents of Buffalo Public Schools talk to administrators? Does it matter?

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Many students in the Niagara Falls City School District are dealing with poverty.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district works to stop poverty barriers for students.

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Student retention for colleges is important for both finances and student success. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Erie Community College is working to increase retention rates.

Family Engagement Conference to explore effective strategies

Nov 29, 2017
Parent Network of Western New York

Data indicates that positive relationships forged between families and schools can promote successful students.

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