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9:08 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Teachers union raises concerns at Riverside

Students heading into Riverside High School.
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The Buffalo Teachers Federation says there were 10 fights in Riverside High School on Tuesday. Union President Phil Rumore said it has to stop, but City Hall isn't responding.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Thousands rally for more charter schools

Credit Photo from Karen Dewitt

It was the charter schools’ turn to rally at the State Capitol Wednesday in support of Governor Cuomo’s proposal to allow 100 more charter schools in New York.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Future school leadership search

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie is searching for a deputy superintendent.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie continues the search process for a new deputy superintendent.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says that person could become the future superintendent.

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11:39 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Parent leader says ‘school choice’ leaves out City Honors & Olmsted

Students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo.
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Thousands of Buffalo Public School children now eligible to request a transfer out what are deemed failing schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a parent leader who explains the transfer period is underway through the end of this month. 


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10:53 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Villa hires new athletic director as it applies for NCAA Division III

Don Silveri hired as Villa Maria College's athletic director & men's basketball coach.
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A local, private college is trying to entice more students as it moves into NCAA Division III membership sports. Villa Maria College has hired a new athletic director and head coach of men's baseball.  Don Silveri is the former head coach of men's basketball at Daemen College. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Silveri brings 38-years of experience to Villa where his career began.

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10:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

UB transforms C3 dining center into 'Hunger Games' theme

UB's North Campus, Amherst, NY.
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The University at Buffalo has transformed its campus dinning complex into a scene out of the 'Hunger Games'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the organizers for Tuesday night's event open to the school and public. 

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Officials discuss merits of daytime curfew

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Some believe a daytime city curfew for students 17 and under would improve Buffalo Public School attendance and reduce youth crime. The concept was discussed at a Monday meeting.

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Focus on Education
4:52 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Questions raised in review of school construction costs

Since joining the Buffalo School Board, Carl Paladino has been reviewing the money spent on school reconstruction.
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Buffalo's Joint Schools Construction Board is involved in an escalating fight over how much profit LP Ciminelli made in managing the 11-year old project. Nearly $1.5 billion was spent in updating Buffalo schools.

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Focus on Education
4:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Hundreds of teachers rally in Albany

Teachers voiced their thoughts on Governor Cuomo's education reforms on Monday.
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Hundreds of teachers are rallied at the State Capitol late Monday, saying they are calling out Cuomo for what they say is his anti-public school agenda.

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Focus on Education
12:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Area students recognized for academics

Caroline Colpoys, Maria Giaquinto and Maria Tompkins.
Credit Photo from Nardin Academy website.

Buffalo's Business First recently released a list of 100-area high school seniors for its 2015-All-Western New York Academic Team.  124-schools nominated more than 400-of their smartest and most accomplished students. 

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Focus on Education
9:47 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Promoting sign language as a 'cool factor'

Buffalo Sabres right winger Patrick Kaleta appearing in a video spot with Karen Gambino, sign language interpreter.
Credit Photo from Deaf Access Services video

A Buffalo Sabre has offered his 'star power' to promote sign language.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Deaf Access Services (DAS) wants the community to learn how sign language can expand communications and behavior strategies. 

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Focus on Education
4:53 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Teachers to rally against Cuomo's proposals

Governor Cuomo will be the target of an education rally in Albany today.
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Teachers have been holding rallies all around the state protesting Governor Cuomo’s education proposals, and hundreds are expected to converge on the Capitol Monday to protest over reliance on standardized tests, and other issues.

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Focus on Education
4:03 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Benefits of after-school programs highlighted at forum

State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes speaks at legislative breakfast.
Credit Sara Ali

After-school programs can help ensure a brighter future for children, according to advocates who spoke at a legislative breakfast held at the JFK Community Center on Hickory Street.

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Focus on Education
10:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Anti-Cuomo rally draws hundreds

The 1,000-seat auditorium at West Seneca West couldn't hold all who attended Thursday's rally.
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Thursday night's rally against Governor Cuomo's education policies drew a massive crowd to West Seneca West High School.

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Focus on Education
9:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Governor pushes reforms for failing schools

Students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo, one of the failing city schools.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is weighing in with his turnaround plan for failing schools state-wide.  Cuomo specifically points to 27-failing Buffalo Public Schools in presenting his reform plan.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Thu February 26, 2015

School board members clash again

Wednesday's school board meeting proved to be another contentious affair.
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The Buffalo School Board twists and turns continue, with the general counsel suing School Board Member Carl Paladino. In turn, Paladino is threatening to go after her license to practice law.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Thu February 26, 2015

'Enough is Enough': Fight against campus sex assaults

Students on UB's Amherst Campus.
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In response to the high number of sexual assaults on college and university campuses, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched the Enough is Enough campaign.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says it includes the Governor's proposed legislation to create a new law for all campuses.

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10:44 am
Wed February 25, 2015

President of Canisius High to resign

Father Joseph Costatino in the WBFO studio.
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WBFO News has received confirmation that the President of Canisius High School has announced his resignation. Rev. Joseph Costantino, S.J. announced his resignation Monday to the school's board of trustees and to members of the school and alumni Tuesday evening. 

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10:35 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Is it time for school district takeover? Lawmakers weigh in

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown speaking to a Burgard Vocational High School student. The mayor said he would be in favor of a mayoral takeover of the city school district.
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The Buffalo School Board meets in regular session Wednesday evening.  The last meeting was filled with controversy and personal attacks against a deeply divided board.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asks some local leaders if they feel it's time for intervention.

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9:28 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Mayor adds more summer youth jobs to target at-risk students

Mayor Byron Brown appears at Burgard Vocational High School to kick-off his annual Summer Youth Internship program encouraging students to begin the application process for a job.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo has added more summer youth jobs to its paid-internship program.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says even though it it is still winter, Mayor Byron Brown kicked off the annual Summer Youth Internship Program at Burgard Vocational High School to encourage students to begin applying for the May first deadline. 


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11:52 am
Tue February 24, 2015

'Farm to Food' grant for Buffalo Schools

Bennett Park Montessori School student talks about her healthy salad toppings.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District has received a $45,000 'Farm-to-Food' planning grant. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will allow the district to begin setting up salad bar in elementary schools to promote healthy eating.


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7:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Press Pass: City school board – what’s next?

Buffalo School Board during a contentious February 13th meeting on the "out-of-time" school decision.
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The Buffalo School Board meets Wednesday evening at City Hall. School Board member resume their work after one of the most tumultuous special session's was held Friday the 13th.  In this week's Press Pass WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the rocky meeting that actually led to a compromise on four "out-of-time" failing city schools. 

 
 

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4:39 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Canisius High School making reforms

Outside Canisius High School on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
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Some new reforms are being issued at Canisius High School in Buffalo in wake of last year's firing of its dean of students.  An independent review has revealed several issues.

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Focus on Education
10:06 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Local Native American says using Redskins for sports names is 'absurd'

John Kane, host of Let's Talk Native.
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A banner was raised over Central Avenue in the village of Lancaster that supports keeping the school district sports name Redskins. The Lancaster School District is considering changing team nickname and mascot. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says many find the the nickname to be offensive to Native Americans. 


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9:02 am
Thu February 19, 2015

SUNY Fredonia considers tuition incentive to boost out-of-state enrollment

State Senator Catharine Young
Credit New York State Senate

A state lawmaker is defending a plan that might see SUNY Fredonia lower its tuition for students from Pennsylvania and Ohio as a way to try to boost out-of-state enrollment.

The proposed three-year pilot project would still require out-of-state students to pay 1.5 times the rate of in-state tuition. But under the current system, out-of-stater enrollees pay double the rate.

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Focus on Education
9:46 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Charter School of Inquiry gets facilities grant

Charter School of Inquiry to open in August in Buffalo.
Credit Charter School of Inquiry logo

A charter school that will open this coming August on Buffalo's east side has won an important grant.  The Charter School of Inquiry is receiving a $200-thousand dollar facility grant from SUNY's Charter School Institute.

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Focus on Education
9:32 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Members of Peacemakers weigh-in on student troubles

Members of Peacemakers of WNY escort students to events and work to mentor and protect children.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some male members of Buffalo's Africa-American community are devoting their time to helping city students. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says they understand why some teens are getting into trouble and failing in school. 

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8:27 am
Wed February 18, 2015

ECC adds Microbrew program

ECC is working with local microbreweries to offer a Microbrew program.
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Erie Community College will be offering a certificate program this fall for students interested in the growing microbrew industry. 


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Focus on Education
9:34 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Questions surround future of interim schools leader

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The future of interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie came into question at last Friday's contentious school board meeting. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has more. 

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3:35 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Racially divided school board reached compromise: 4 schools will phase out

Buffalo Board of Education during major debate over out-of-time schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo School Board held one of the most contentious sessions in recent history Friday.  After nearly four hours of arguments and disruptions from the audience, board members reached a compromise on the city's four-out-of-time schools.

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