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7:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

School board approves teacher layoffs

The Buffalo School Board approved a plan for teacher layoffs by a vote of 6-to-2.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo Board of Education voted Wednesday night to layoff 63 teachers.

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5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Leader of Buffalo schools gaining ground 'one foothold at a time’

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie in studio
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie is now in his 6th full-week on the job.  Ogilvie is tackling many issues that have lingered over the troubled-city school district for several years.  In this Focus on Education interview  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down with Ogilvie in our studio's to discuss a variety of education topics.

Listen to Eileen Buckley's extended interview with interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.

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9:44 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New charter school proposed for city’s West Side

Fred Saia, president of Oneida Concrete and founder of Applied Charter School of Technology & Frank Herstek, consultant with Western New York Education Service Council want to create the Smart Academy, a new charter school.

A new charter school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade is being proposed for Buffalo's West Side. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learned exclusively about plans to open the SMART Academy. 

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12:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Buffalo School District set to expand pre-K

Buffalo Public School District registration sign.
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A round of state funding is allowing the Buffalo Public School District to expand its pre-kindergarten program.  The governor is providing $340 million to 81 school districts and community groups statewide for pre-kindergarten programs.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

SUNY reaches agreement to improve its sexual assault policy

UB's South Campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

SUNY has agreed to make improvements to obeying Title IX when dealing with sexual assaults. That agreement was reached last November according to an Albany report. Last week, in WBFO's Focus on Education report, we reviewed the University at Buffalo's policy that already follows many federal recommendations. 

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Focus on Education
5:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo's waterfront history literacy lesson: History of Buffalo Graphic Novel

The History of Buffalo Graphic Novel created through a summer project hosted by Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara at Canalside.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some area school students participated in a summer-time literacy project.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students created the History of Buffalo Graphic Novel to promote reading while learning about the city's waterfront history. 

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9:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Say Yes students learn the college financial aid process

Say Yes student who will entire college this fall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo scholarship students are still required to navigate through the financial aid process.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Public School students heading to college this fall are still filling out federal and state financial aid applications.


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9:34 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Layoffs issued to dozens of Buffalo teachers

BTF Pesident Phil Rumore is blasting the timing of the teacher layoffs in the Buffalo School District.
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With the opening of school only weeks away, at least 63 Buffalo teachers have received layoff notices.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Second round of Common Core results show 'modest, but real' progress

Common Core workbook.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and State Education Commissioner John King released results Thursday of the April 2014 Common Core assessments for grade 3-8 math and English Language Arts. Students made slight improvement in math grades 3-8 with 35.8% passing, up from around 31%, but students are doing about the same in English at about 31%.

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Focus on Education
9:13 am
Thu August 14, 2014

UB defines campus policy for reporting sexual assaults

University at Buffalo north campus in Amherst.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The State University of New York has gone on record in support of a bill to strengthen campus policies for reporting sexual assaults. SUNY joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in support of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. As part of our Focus on Education reporting WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with University at Buffalo officials to discuss the school's policy.

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Focus on Education
9:38 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Say Yes students get ready to start college

Students taking the Say Yes summer program at ECC.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

More than 30 Buffalo Public High School graduates have been attending the Say Yes Summer Academy at ECC. The students have been awarded Say Yes Buffalo scholarships. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on students who have been attending a five-week summer school program to gain skills necessary to head to college this fall.

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Focus on Education
9:38 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Interim schools leader outlines strategy to Latino community

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie meets with members of Buffalo's Latino community at the Father Belle Community Center on the city's West Side where he outlined his short and long-term strategies for the troubled school district.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The new leader of the Buffalo Public School District has hit the ground running. Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie has already been meeting with members of the community with a packed calendar of appointments just weeks into his new role. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley profiles Ogilvie's strategy.

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8:57 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Johns Hopkins wants out of partnership with East, Lafayette high schools

Outside Lafayette High School.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Johns Hopkins University wants to end its partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools at two failing city schools. 

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Focus on Education
10:18 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Union & teachers to shred Pearson tests in protest

NYSUT's protest poster
Credit Photo from NYSUT Website

Teachers from across the state will stage a protest tonight in Albany against a national testing company.  In this Focus on Education report  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says they will tear apart tests made by Pearson.


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9:20 am
Fri August 8, 2014

State surplus could provide billions to education

Billy Easton, with Alliance for Quality Education, explains report showing schools are underfunded by billions of dollars.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Education funding advocates say they have a use for the recently announced $4.2 billion state surplus. They say schools in New York, particularly the state’s poorest schools, could really use  the money.

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8:59 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Buffalo’s new academic chief discusses learning

Linda Cimusz will serve as Buffalo Public Schools Chief Academic Officer.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School's new chief academic officer will be digging into the many issues surrounding city schools. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asks the new school administrator about poverty and learning.


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10:09 am
Thu August 7, 2014

School board infighting continues

Buffalo Board of Education meeting Wednesday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A special meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education turned into a bit of a chaotic session Wednesday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says once again there was plenty of controversy in a more than three-hour session.

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10:55 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Buffalo school board to hold special meeting

Buffalo School board convened in special session and immediately went into executive session Wednesday at City Hall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Board of Education is  meeting in special session Wednesday afternoon. School board president James Sampson called for the meeting to discuss several topics, including a possible vote on a new chief academic officer. 

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8:58 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Local philosophers discuss Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine

Poster from recent Plato’s Academy, North Tonawanda Campus -- PANTC conference.
Credit Photo provided by UB

A group of philosophers from several area colleges meet up on a regular basis. They have formed a group called PANTC, which stands for Plato's Academy -- North Tonawanda Campus. In this Focus on Education report,    WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with a University at Buffalo professor about why they meet and what they talk about.

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Focus on Education
7:42 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Summer school program promotes enrichment & learning for city kids

Summer school math class at Native American Magnet School #19
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

About 5,000 Buffalo School children have been attending summer school programs that are engaging them in learning.  Say Yes Buffalo is assisting the Buffalo Public School District with summer school. It provided needed funding that allowed for all elementary students to attend.  In this Focus on Education report -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley visited Native American Magnet School #19 on the city's West Side where school children spent three hours a day on math, reading and enrichment.

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10:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Proposed bill would require college transparency for sexual assaults on campus

Credit Photo from U.S. Senator Gillibrand's Web page

In wake of the on-going federal investigation into campuses assaults and rapes U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she's co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation designed to curb sexual assaults on the nation's college campuses.   The Campus Accountability & Safety Act contains several provisions.


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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Thu July 31, 2014

International ballet students train in Buffalo

Some of the international dance students training at Neglia this summer
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The education of students comes in many forms.  This summer some international ballet students traveled to Buffalo from Argentina and Uruguay on scholarships to study under Sergio Neglia.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the teenagers have been taking intense training classes at the Neglia Ballet studio's on Elmwood Avenue.

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Focus on Education
1:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Say Yes gets investment pledge from developers of loft apartment project

Say Yes banner outside Medaille College in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund is about to receive another infusion of cash. WBFO News has learned that a group of business leaders is pledging to invest some of the profits they earn from a renovation project at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks to Buffalo native Daniel Lewis about new investment for Say Yes Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
1:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Park School offers 'common sense' advice on Common Core

Park School sign from similar meeting this past May.
Credit WBFO News file photo

After receiving a big response from the public, the Park School of Buffalo will be holding a second Common Sense Approach to Middle School Roundtable Wednesday evening. The school is offering information on education as public schools work to adopt the Common Core Standards.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speaks with Head of Park School Chris Lauricella about Common Core.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Olmsted Center programs assist blind, visually impaired and disabled

Inside the Olmsted Center for Sight.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For more than 100 years, the Olmsted Center for Sight has assisted adults and children who are blind, visually impaired and disabled. Each year it serves 2,500 people. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us how the center provides education, job training and retraining for daily living skills.

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8:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Symposium reflects on 60 years of school desegregation

Brown vs Board of Education symposium
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

In commemoration of the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, “Brown v. Board of Education,” a symposium was held at the Central Library in Buffalo Tuesday. The event featured a panel of community stakeholders, discussing how the decision impacted local public schools and neighborhoods.

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10:11 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Buffalo teen lives out dream to be a chef

14-year-old Jaylynn Rivera is 'chef for the day' at Ristorante Lombardo on Hertel Avenue with head chef Michael Obarka
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Buffalo student suffering from severe juvenile arthritis recently had a chance to live out her dream of becoming a chef. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learns that despite a difficult disease, the teenage girl recently graduated from School 89 in Buffalo and is now ready to enter Hutch Tech as a freshman this fall. 

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

School choice & civil rights

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As the Buffalo Public School District continues review of its school choice policy, one national civil rights expert explains how important the issue is across the country. 

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8:44 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Pinnacle parents protest Harvey Austin merger

Parents and advocates discussed the merger of School 115 and Harvey Austin School Thursday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A small group of parents and supporters turned out last night, trying to mobilize against the school board closing School 115, what was once Pinnacle Charter School.

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Focus on Education
9:39 am
Thu July 24, 2014

BTF leader says kindergarten 'absolutely critical'

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There may be hundreds more kindergartners in Buffalo Public Schools when classes start in six weeks. Kindergarten is now mandatory for 5-year-olds in city schools.

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