Focus on Education

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Encouraging students to be future vehicle technicians is the goal of a new program by the Western New York Ford Dealers. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the dealers donated four cars to area auto tech schools as part of the Ford Future Techs Initiative.

The state’s education commissioner says she’s open to granting waivers to delay new teacher evaluation for an additional year, saying the new systems should not be hastily pushed through because of an arbitrary date.


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Child Protective Services workers will be spending two days a week in Erie County's 28 suburban school districts, working with district social workers.


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State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia says she won’t prevent parents who want their children to skip the state’s standardized tests from doing so.


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There may have been more school district administrators and support staff agency workers than parents in Bennett High School Monday for a parent orientation.


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An alarming piece of data was presented last week by the new Buffalo Schools superintendent. Dr. Kriner Cash told the school board that in Buffalo for every 100 ninth graders, only 50 end up graduating. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to two school board members about the data.

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Students return to the Medaille College campus in Buffalo Monday under brand new leadership.  Dr. Kenneth Macur will serve as the 7th president of the school, replacing Dr. Richard Jurasek, who retired at the end of last semester. Macur is the former Provost and Dean of Bethany College in Kansas.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with the new leader in his college office.

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A new charter school has opened its doors in an East Side neighborhood of Buffalo. The Charter School of Inquiry on Edison is  located in the former Community Charter School building, that closed last year. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the school will emphasize critical thinking, problem solving and engaging students.

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Area Catholic school teachers learned how to bring STEM into their classrooms.  The Diocese of Buffalo held its STREAM Academy for its elementary teachers.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this allows teachers to incorporate religion and art in STEM Learning.

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Parking lots this week are full of eager freshmen, bored siblings and nostalgic parents. Dorm room keys are being distributed and with them come the beginning of the college experience. WBFO's Lian Bunny checked in with local students and administrators for some perspective on adjusting to college life.


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The state education commissioner’s plans to quell the testing opt out movement is getting some backlash from some Republicans in the legislature, including a former teacher.


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The recent past of Buffalo’s public schools displays less than the best model for education. But the city’s new school superintendent, Dr. Kriner Cash, is looking farther into the past at an example that once worked.


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The Western New York Charter School Alliance is hosting its first charter school conference for more than 400-charter schools Wednesday in Buffalo. The conference will feature urban education expert and author Dr. David Kirkland. He is a professor at New York's University's Steinhardt School of Culture. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley reached Kirkland be phone ahead of his keynote address. 

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Students are returning to college campuses starting this week.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was at SUNY Buffalo State's campus where it was 'move-in' day for freshman preparing for a new school year.

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The contract for the newly appointed Buffalo Schools superintendent has been signed. Last week the Buffalo Board of Education approved a four-year contract for the hiring of Dr. Kriner Cash.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said he did have a conversation with Dr. Kriner Cash -- the man selected to lead the city school district.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley asked the mayor for his reaction to yet another school leader.  

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The city of Buffalo welcomed 15 students from Dortmund, Germany. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says students met Mayor Byron Brown and toured City Hall Monday as they kicked off their four-month stay in the region.

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Students returned for a brand new school year Monday at two Buffalo charter schools. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was there as students arrived for their first day back at the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) on Shoshone Drive. 

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Governor Cuomo says he doubts that there will be  federal sanctions for schools that have high rates of students who boycotted standardized tests this spring.


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A new school year is starting soon, and education officials say they will try to reverse a growing movement of parents having their children opt out of standardized tests.  The boycott could jeopardize a new system of teacher evaluations.

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Western New York STEM Hub is bringing a Student Spaceflight Experiments program to more than 600-Buffalo and Niagara Falls public and charter school students.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says an effort is underway to raise the needed funds to support the project. 


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The Buffalo Public School District has a new leader. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says without debate, city school board members voted unanimously to hire Dr. Kriner Cash as new schools superintendent.

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The Buffalo School Board is expected to vote on new leader for city schools Tuesday.  The school board will meet in special session at noon at City Hall to vote on Dr. Kriner Cash as the next superintendent. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says pending a waiver on certification, Cash should be ready to led the district before the new school year begins.

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State Senator Marc Panepinto and administrators from about a half-dozen local school districts gathered in Hamburg to discuss Common Core, standardized testing and how their tied to teacher evaluations, and how to fix what they collectively believe is a flawed system.


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Public hearings will be held this month and next month to review draft improvement plans for Buffalo schools under receivership. Two hearings will be held this Wednesday. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the public sessions will allow discussions for making needed changes. 

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Buffalo School Board members will meet in a special session Tuesday to vote on naming Dr. Kriner Cash as the district's next superintendent.

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The Buffalo community had a chance to meet the front runner for the schools superintendent position. Candidate Dr. Kriner Cash told a crowd in Performing Arts Thursday night he can turn the city's schools into much better facilities because he has already done it in a much larger system.

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The leader of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) met with the top candidate for the Buffalo schools superintendent post. Sam Radford, President of the DPCC, already spoke with Dr. Kriner Cash, former Memphis City Schools Superintendent. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Radford about his expectations for new leadership and how receivership is creating new concerns for a civil rights recommendation for the city's criteria-based schools. 

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State Education officials say there’s some improvement in the Common Core related Math and English tests taken by third through eighth graders this year, but admit that two thirds of the students who took the test are still, essentially, failing the exams.

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The frontrunner for the Buffalo Schools Superintendent position will be meeting with the public Thursday evening. Dr. Kriner Cash will participate in an open question and answer session at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts at 6:15 p.m. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley will be one of two moderators for the event.

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