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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Buffalo public schools are proposing to spend $56 million over the next three years for major upgrades of the district's computer system and providing a computer for every student.


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President Obama's initiative called Computer Science for All is making progress.  A White House summit was held Wednesday.  The effort is to make sure ALL American students from kindergarten through high school learn computer science.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, SUNY Buffalo State was cited in the President's 'fact sheet'.

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This school year marks the 125th anniversary of Nichols School in Buffalo.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us while the coed, private, prep school is embracing its past, the campus is working to become more diverse and innovative in attracting future students.

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Some local colleges and universities are cited by  U.S. News and World  Report in its 2017 America’s Best Colleges rankings. The University at Buffalo remains in the 'top 50' for the third year in a row for public colleges.

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The New State Education Department has awarded $95 million in School Improvement Grants to 39-Priority Schools statewide. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says six Buffalo Public Schools are included in these federal grants to support academic outcomes for students.   

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With children spending more time on computer and mobile devices and less time playing, a Kenmore school now has mandatory recess.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports students at St. John the Baptist School are loving the free time to play.  

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Students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo received a technology upgrade Friday that will enhance their STEM learning. National Grid gas donated 10 Atlas laptop computers from Bak USA to the school. 


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Parents in Albany, Yonkers and New York City are suing Governor Cuomo's Division of Budget asking for the immediate release of receivership grants promised to nine struggling schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the lawsuit will affect three Buffalo Public Schools.  

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Late last week New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia reversed a decision allowing an 18-year-old Orchard Park teen with autism to temporarily play football. Jacob Kohler will continue to play on the Orchard Park High School varsity team while his case is appealed.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Commissioner Elia during an appearance at Daemen College in Amherst Thursday about her decision. 

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New students at Daemen College received advice from one of the state's top education leaders. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was the keynote speaker Thursday at Daemen's Convocation  2016 ceremony. 

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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) has issued a new set of goals to deal with several major issues from reducing class size to improving family engagement.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with Co-chairs Larry Scott and Roberta Kates and Secretary Kate Haq. They believe the once failing city school district is now headed in the 'right direction'. 

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Catholic Bishops across New York State are urging Catholics to vote in this November's elections, but they are asking students to make sure their parents are registered to vote. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo met with 8th grade students at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew Wednesday.

Schools in New York state are now required to test their drinking water for lead contamination.

Niagara University

For some high school students, continuing their studies after graduation may seem daunting. But with the launch of its new mentorship program, Niagara University is trying to make the transition to college a little easier.

ITT Tech closes all campuses effective immediately

Sep 6, 2016
ITT Technical Institute

You probably know the commercials for ITT Tech, but after 50 years of service, the technical training school has closed all of its campuses - including the one in Getzville.

School bells ring again for thousands of WNY youngsters

Sep 6, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For countless Western New York children, summer vacation has ended and it's back to class. In Buffalo, the superintendent of public schools led special guests in a tour of selected schools while urging parents to make sure their children are in class one day one, and every day after.

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Buffalo Public Schools begin a brand new school year Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited West Hertel Academy to learn how leadership and teacher spent the summer preparing for the new school year. 


With Buffalo schools opening for another year, the issues of academic achievement will again surface. This is a system where only a quarter of Black males graduate, in a student body which is around three-quarters minority and immigrant.


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The Buffalo Public School District begins a brand new school with high hopes of improving student performance.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss some new strategies that are in place to support student learning in this week's edition of Press Pass.  

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Catholic school students in Western New York begin their first day of classes both Tuesday and Wednesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley stopped by Our Lady of Black Rock School off Amherst Street in Buffalo as preparations for a new school year were underway were enrollment continues to rise.

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An Orchard Park teen with autism has received some good news following a ruling from the State Education Commissioner. Jacob Kohler will be allowed to play on the high school football team after an initial ruling declared that he was ineligible.

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With a huge spike in the price for a life-saving shot, school districts are wondering how they will be affected in the future. The Buffalo Public School District was able to secure free EpiPens this school year, but there is uncertainty once they run out.

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A brand new semester kicked off this week for thousands of college and university students across the state.  The last couple of years there has been a major emphasize on preventing campus sexual assaults.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the SUNY Chancellor about the issue.

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Community support is mounting for an Orchard Park High School teen with autism who wants to play football.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says an on-line petition has been posted. 

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It may be more common on a larger college campus or university, but at Canisius College two young women have traveled thousands of miles to attend the school on Main Street in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the students are from Micronesia.

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Thousands of new University at Buffalo students are settling in to dorms on both the North and South campuses.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says about 90-percent moved in Thursday at Goodyear Hall on the South Campus.   

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An Orchard Park High School senior, with autism, has been shut out of eligibility by Section VI to play football this school year.  But the teen's family and State Senator Tim Kennedy are appealing to the State Education Commissioner to reverse that decision.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the teen is eager to play with his team this fall.


Photo provided by Felicia Patterson, Stepping Up Project

A Lockport woman has been on a mission to collect shoes for Niagara County children in need just before the start of a new school year.  The non-profit organization, Lockport New Beginnings, is hosting the 'Stepping Up Project'. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley say it is helping to improved student attendance. 

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Following a $7 million investment, the Oscar A. Silverman Library in UB's Capen Hall reopened Wednesday. It's a library without books, but has plenty of the computers and open space that modern students have been seeking.


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The continuing debate in Buffalo schools over a policy for transgender students drew such a large crowd Wednesday night that the meeting was moved from the usual, cramped board room to the much larger Common Council Chambers. A heavy security presence added to the evening's tension.


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