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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.