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Buffalo Public Schools are changing the way the district hires teachers, planning to do it much earlier when the talent pool is larger. The district is starting earlier so schools and principals know how they stand in preparing for fall classes.

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A team of three from the Buffalo Public School District will be traveling to Puerto Rico to recruit teachers. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley the visit will be a chance to find new bilingual teachers for city schools.     

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A language specialist in the Buffalo Public school district says the biggest challenge for refugee students is communicating with their fellow classmates. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, they are encouraged to preserve their native languages. 

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Buffalo Public schools have 6,000 students who are what are known as English Language Learners or ELL's. As they struggle learning the English language, they also struggle with standardized tests.


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Jewish Family Services held a special training session to help break language barriers occurring for immigrants and refugees living and working in Buffalo. That training session provided best practices for those who don't speak English.

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Despite language barriers, one of the many refugee students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo has successfully completed his four years. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the student, who created a powerful self-portrait in his art class displaying the strife he left behind in his home country and the difficulties he experienced while living in Buffalo.


Similar troubles within the Buffalo Public School District are happening in other districts across the country. The Buffalo News has been launching a series of stories that look at how a district in New York City is tackling low-graduation rates at an international school. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan who traveled to Brooklyn to learn about a teaching model for English Language Learners.

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A unique partnership has unfolded between the University at Buffalo and Lafayette High School. The Buffalo Partnership Project: A Common Core Collaborative is generating new learning methods for teachers as they instruct many of the refugee and immigrant students at Lafayette. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley explores how this effort is aiding one of the city's six failing schools.

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If the State Legislature approves the Assembly's budget increase for education aid -- it could mean more funding for Buffalo Public Schools. 

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The Buffalo Public School District has been grappling with languages issues for decades, with difficulties increasing in the era of high-stakes testing and immigration from the far corners of the world.

Buffalo schools are using writing and photography to help some students with their work, especially those who are learning English as a second language.