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 Philharmonic Orchestra has a long legacy of performing concerts for area school children.  This school year the BPO Youth Concerts are featuring a blend of music and visual arts. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes us inside Kleinhans Music Hall where some young Buffalo Public School children started their day with a lesson on how the power of music changes emotions.

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The leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation says there is much work ahead, even with a new teacher’s contract in hand. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains.  

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It's done. It may have taken more than 12 years, but a teacher contract is finally in place in the Buffalo Public School system. However, Park District School Board Member Carl Paladino is threatening to go to court over being shut down when he wanted answers to questions during a board meeting.


ECC ranks among Top 100 for associate degrees

Oct 18, 2016
Erie Community College

For the eighth consecutive year, Erie Community College has been honored among the top 100 two-year colleges in the country in awarding associate degrees. The honor comes from Community College Week’s 2016 edition of “100 Top Associate Degree Producers.”

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The Buffalo Board of Education emerged from executive session and approved a tentative contract deal for city school teachers in a vote of 7-2 early Monday night.  

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After 12-long years without a contract, the Buffalo Teachers Federation and city school district reached a tentative deal late Sunday night. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says two city leaders are reacting.

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As the community continues searching for answers in dealing with the Opioid addiction crisis, Medaille College in Buffalo is set to host a public conversation, “The Opioid Epidemic: What you Need to Know.”  It will be held Wednesday, October 26th at 6 p.m. 

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The Buffalo Board of Education and the Buffalo Teachers Federation reached a tentative contract deal late Sunday.  The school board is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a tentative contract finally sealed close to midnight Sunday evening. It would be the first labor agreement between the two sides since the last one expired 12 years ago.

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo has a new leader who formerly served.  Marsha Joy Sullivan has returned as president. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Sullivan agreed to extend her  role from interim to permanent.   

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The Buffalo Public School District has a brand new curriculum focusing on teaching Cybersecurity at two of its innovation schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Delaware North announced a partnership with the district.  

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The labor talks between the Buffalo school system and the Buffalo Teachers Federation are apparently making progress.


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Carl Paladino is back as the target of people who want him removed from the Buffalo School Board and are circulating a petition to demand he be gone.

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Speculation is mounting on how the Buffalo Teachers contract saga will conclude.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the issues that need to be hammered out between the City School district and Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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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.  


WBFO's Eileen Buckley

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. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

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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