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A new survey from the debt management website Student Loan Hero found young people to be most regretful of their financial habits in 2016.

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WBFO News recently sat down with Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins before he heads back to Washington under the new Trump administration. We asked Higgins about his concerns for the future of education, especially for children living in poverty that attend Buffalo Public Schools.

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One area school district is working on a curriculum that exceeds state requirements for career and college ready.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Frontier Central School District wants students in K-through 12 to be unbind from the uncertainty of public education at the state and federal levels. 

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Should Buffalo's public schools be mandated to display a photo of Donald Trump, once he formally becomes president next month? The question was taken up by the city's school board Wednesday night.

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The Buffalo school board has moved on, saying a plan from developer Krog to move the new, second Emerson High School into the old Trico complex downtown is dead.

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The Buffalo school board voted last night during an acrimonious meeting to slash its monthly meetings schedule. That change begins next month.

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Buffalo Public school students from across the district participated in the Peace Project.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is an art exhibition is promoting the talents of city school children. 

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It is not just students creating high absenteeism rates in Buffalo Public school classrooms. Teacher are also chronically absent.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the high numbers and impact it has on student performance. 

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office adopted the Buffalo's Alternative School on South Park Avenue to work with troubled teens. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is offering students in grades seven through 12 a chance to focus on a stronger path for their future. 

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For any school superintendent in Western New York winter weather is always a challenge. They have to make the decision of closing schools when bad weather arrives.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Frontier Central School District superintendent starts his decision making in the middle of the night. 

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Immigrant and refugee students on Buffalo's West Side have a chance to work on a two-year college degree.   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited Houghton College's Associate of Arts program inside the First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle. 

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The University at Buffalo selected a long-time member of its staff to replace former vice president for student life Dennis Black.  Scott Weber will fill the role. Weber currently has been serving as UB’s senior vice president for academic affairs and vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. 

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Education students from D'Youville College can automatically be accepted and transferred to SUNY Buffalo State. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says since D'Youville announced it was suspending its education program, Buffalo State is trying to accommodate any interested students.  

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Canisius College says it has identified all of the individuals involved with a black baby doll found in a dorm elevator last month and related racist social media posts. Two of the students have left the college and the others have been disciplined.

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A committee of the state Board of Regents recommends spending $2.1 billion more on schools in the new state budget, saying it’s time to continue an effort begun a decade ago to funnel more money to the state’s poorest school districts.

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This Wednesday will mark the four-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed by family members who lost loved ones in the massacre, have created a video meant to prevent future shootings.

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Bennett High School may have won the Section VI Class A high school championship, but will not have a chance to repeat next season. The school will not have a varsity football team - a casualty of reorganizing the school.

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New York's powerful teachers union passed a resolution to combat federal education policy under President-Elect Donald Trump. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is gearing up to mobilize 'in defense of public education'.  

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Buffalo State College has received a $4 million gift from the Richard and Patricia Garman family of East Aurora to support the college’s Art Conservation Department. The family’s gift marks the largest one-time gift to the college and will result in continuous support for students who enter this competitive graduate program, one of only four such art conservation programs in the country.

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New York State Senator Marc Panepinto of Buffalo held his last district-wide roundtable discussion with several schools superintendents Thursday in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District. But it served as a first roundtable session for Senator-elect Chris Jacobs, who will take over in the 60th Senate District next month. 

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A number of University at Buffalo faculty members recently issued a letter to UB president Satish Tripathi to establish a 'sanctuary' campus' for students, faculty, staff and families.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says many are voicing concern with President-elect Donald Trump's proposals to deport or jail millions of undocumented immigrants.   

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Buffalo Public Schools are rushing to extend the Kaleida Health contract that provides nurses for all regular public, private, parochial and charter schools. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

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A local professor is being put on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Joseph Gardella is a professor of chemistry at the University of Buffalo and has been appointed to serve a 3-year term on the board.   

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For the first time in its history D'Youville College in Buffalo has selected a lay member as its next leader.  Dr. Lorrie Clemo has been named to serve as the 15th president of the Catholic college on the city's west side.  

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Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora has been offering some of its students a chance to apply for a unique international ethics program.  It's called Fellowships at Auschwitz (FASPE).  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with a local priest and deacon who both attended the ethical training program.       

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Buffalo City Ballet is raising funds to construct a brand new dance center on the city's east side. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo organization has been providing professional ballet training to inner city children for nearly 45 years.  


Erie One BOCES is expanding its welding training program in the Town of Tonawanda—another sign of increasing interest in vocational education or what is currently called career and technical education.

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Members of the State Assembly held a public hearing in Albany Wednesday to try to figure out how to make college more affordable. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the hearing was held the same week SUNY is discussing a possible tuition increase.  

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Carefully avoiding saying the words "Donald Trump," education activists Tuesday night said they are standing up for all children, no matter their race, origin, gender or national origin. The event was at Lafayette High School, where leaders reaffirmed safety, acceptance and diversity.

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West Buffalo Charter School students had a chance to meet an Olympic winner Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Amherst native Emily Regan, who captured a gold medal at the Rio Olympics on the U.S. Women's Rowing team, talked about her success.