Focus on Education

Focus on Education
4:11 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Commissioner King tours two area schools finding success with Common Core

Student works to solve problem
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

State Education Commissioner John King continued on his fall school tour Thursday with a stop in Western New York.  King began the day at the Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School in the city of Niagara Falls.

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Focus on Education
8:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bond act offers tech upgrades for New York schools

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy discusses the "Smart Schools" initiative in Buffalo Wednesday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

In November, New York voters will be asked to approve a $2 billion bond act to fund technology upgrades in schools across the state. The "Smart Schools" initiative option was first proposed during Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014 State of the State address.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Buffalo school nurses see little impact from new respiratory virus

A hand sanitizer at the Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts. Sanitizers are in all Buffalo Public School classrooms.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Despite a big spike in the number of children being treated for a possible respiratory virus at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, there appears to be no major effects in the Buffalo Public School District.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Community citizens urge state to increase public school funds

Parents, citizens and local officials gathered in Buffalo yesterday to demand that New York State provide more funding for public schools.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Parents, citizens and local officials gathered in Buffalo Wednesday to demand that New York State provide more funding for public schools. The #WeCantWait social media campaign urges the state to comply with court ordered funding through the Campaign for Fiscal Equality.

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Hamburg School District
6:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Jetter pleads guilty to filing false police report

Richard Jetter

Hamburg school superintendent Richard Jetter has pleaded guilty as charged to a third degree charge of falsely reporting an incident.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charter school families say state funding formula is unconstitutional

Buffalo families speak out against state's funding formula for charter schools saying it is 'unconstitutional'.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A lawsuit is claiming the funding formula for charter schools in New York State is unconstitutional.  The suit was filed in State Supreme Court in Erie County.  It claims charter students receive only three-fifths of what school district students receive. 

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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Girl Scouts: Providing leadership and more

Inside the Girl Scouts of Western New York.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Girl Scouts of Western New York continues to guide and educate young women on leadership. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the Girl Scouts headquarters on Walden Avenue in Depew learning the organization serves 20,000 girls across the region.

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Focus on Education
9:15 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Longer school days coming to Hamburg

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Education advocates in recent years have been pushing for longer school days to boost academic achievement. That effort has prompted a change in Hamburg where elementary students will spending more time in class starting next year.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

New program encourages students to study genetics & genomics

WNY Congressman Brian Higgins joining news conference on NIH grant at UB's South Campus Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new program, funded through a federal grant, will work to encourage local high school students to seek careers in genetics and genomics. Rep. Brian Higgins appeared with University at Buffalo leaders Monday to announce a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Focus on Education
10:06 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Buffalo teens study distressed neighborhoods

Dr. Henry Taylor, Director of UB's Urban Studies program, Gavin Luter, Coordinator of Educational Programs for UB's Urban Studies with Buffalo students, Malilk Rainey, Nyah Shaw & Nisa Jenkins.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students recently participated in the 'Community as Classroom' program. The University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies used the Fruit Belt and other distressed city neighborhoods as a virtual classroom. 

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Focus on Education
1:36 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

City school parents learn more about respiratory virus

Inside a classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Public School District has issued letters to parents offering information about a new respiratory virus that is affecting some children in the Buffalo region. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the letter is not to alarm, but inform school parents.

 

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Focus on Education
10:42 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Students study genocide & racism through Anne Frank Project

Students at Buffalo State work on The Anne Frank Project
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the most memorable stories of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust is used as a teaching tool on the Buffalo State campus. Since 2009, the Anne Frank Project has been educating new generations of college students about genocide and racism.

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Focus on Education
9:20 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Teachers picket Buffalo School Board

Teachers made their presence felt at Wednesday's meeting of the Buffalo School Board.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The decade-long fight between Buffalo's school system and the Buffalo Teachers Federation over a contract surfaced at Wednesday's Buffalo Board of Education  meeting where hundreds of teachers protested.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

UB gives athletic director contract extension

UB Athletic Director Daniel "Danny" White.
Credit Photo from UB Website

University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi has announced a five-year-contract extension with athletic director Daniel "Danny" White.  The new agreement will extend White's contract through 2019.

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Focus on Education
8:01 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bittersweet opening for new early childhood center at former Catholic school

New Early Childhood Academy at St. Bernadette in Orchard Park.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A  former catholic grade school, closed by the Diocese of Buffalo, has re-opened as a pre-school.  New students celebrated a ribbon cutting at St. Bernadette Early Childhood Academy on South Abbott Road in Orchard Park.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the young students were excited, but some parents remain angry at the Diocese for closing the elementary school.

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Focus on Education
1:34 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

City teachers await contract talks

Inside a Buffalo School classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Teachers Federation will hold more informational pickets later this week and rally on Wednesday outside City Hall prior to the school board meeting. Teachers have been working without a new contract for more than a decade.

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Focus on Education
3:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Canisius College rightsizing to fit lower enrollment

Outside Canisius College in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

High college costs have caused declining enrollment and financial difficulties for some area private colleges. Enrollment is down at both Canisius and Medaille Colleges in Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Buffalo Public Schools begin new school year

Bus pulls up for the first day of classes at the Hamlin Park School on the city's east side.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School children headed back to the classroom Thursday for a new school year.  But many are returning as the school district struggles to improve student achievement.

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Focus on Education
11:22 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Music Educators: Passion & knowledge to entertain & educate

Joe Baudo (left), Jack Prybylski (middle) & Joe Parisi (right)
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Several members of this year's Buffalo Music Hall of Fame class are music educators. As a new school year begins this week, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks to to them about teaching music and performing. 


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Focus on Education
4:52 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Back to School: Low performing school working toward improvements

Inside Highgate Heights Elementary a sign hangs in the school office.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School children begin a new school year Thursday, but many city students are heading back to low-performing schools.  In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley takes us inside Public School #80 Highgate Heights Elementary.

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Focus on Education
8:44 am
Wed September 3, 2014

School board member removed in Hamburg

After four months at the center of controversy, Catherine Schrauth Forcucci has been removed from the Hamburg School Board.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Following a four-month process which cost the district $100,000, Catherine Schrauth Forcucci has been removed from the Hamburg School Board.

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Tue September 2, 2014

New law focuses on school threats

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With schools reopening this week, a new law is being proposed to make the learning environment as safe as possible.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Zoo captures education grant

Buffalo Zoo
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Zoo has received a $5,000 education grant from Disney. In this Focus on Education report  WBFO Eileen Buckley says the funding will allow the Zoo to create the first ever family nature clubs in the region.

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Buffalo Teachers Federation
5:15 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Buffalo teachers plan informational pickets this week

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore
Credit WBFO File Photo

Buffalo teachers will set up informational pickets outside city schools this week to protest the lack of a contract with the school district. 

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Focus on Education
9:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

College victims of sexual assault at higher risk for reoccurrence

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

There is more reason for women on college campuses to protect themselves from sexual assaults. A new study out of the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions says female college students of past sexual assaults at a much higher risk to become victims again. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks to the principal investigator of the study.

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Motorists urged to be ready for school children

AAA of Western and Central New York President and CEO Tony Spada joined by local law enforcement and school districts to kick off campaign.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Drivers are being reminded that school children across the region will begin a brand new school year next week.

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Another tumultuous Buffalo School Board session

Buffalo School Board in special meeting Wednesday discussing Bennett.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Racial allegations were flying at Wednesday's Buffalo School Board session. School Board members met in special session at City Hall to discuss proposed turnaround plans for Bennett High School and Martin Luther King School.

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Hamburg School District
9:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Jetter pleads not guilty to filing false police report

Hamburg Schools Superintendent Richard Jetter, now on leave.

Hamburg Schools Superintendent Richard Jetter entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment in Hamburg Village Court Wednesday evening on a charge that he filed a false police report. 

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Focus on Education
8:47 am
Wed August 27, 2014

One store's mission of providing free school supplies

Inside The Teacher's Desk store on Main Street in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The Teacher's Desk Website

As school districts begin a brand new school year next week, teachers and students will be in need of annual school supplies. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us about a free supply store in Buffalo called The Teacher's Desk.

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Focus on Education
6:15 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

CSAT middle school students expand into former Holy Angels building

Buses arrive fro CSAT
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new era is underway at a former school building in north Buffalo.  In our Focus on Education report  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says more than 550-middle school students from the Charter School for Applied Technologies returned for a new school year  at the former Holy Angels Academy on Hertel Avenue.

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