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10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Family engagement encouraged in Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo school parent outside Highgate Heights Elementary.
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Buffalo Public School families will have a chance to learn how to play a bigger role in their child's education.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Parent Power and Partnership event will be held tomorrow at Bennett High School.

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5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

City pushes diversity to fight student bullying

Students arrive at North Park Theater for anti-bullying event.
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A combination of Buffalo public, private and charter school students gathered to watch an award-winning anti-bullying film Thursday. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports, Mayor Byron Brown hosted the screening of 'Bully' at the North Park Theater as part of a nationwide screening through the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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8:01 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo picks up national recognition award for collaboration

Local Say Yes Buffalo team traveled to Washington, D.C.
Credit Photo from Samuel Radford's Facebook page

Say Yes Buffalo leaders had a chance to share their story as they appeared before a national panel.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says were invited to share how the local community has worked together for the college scholarship program.

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6:31 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Expanded vocational programs coming to Buffalo schools

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When eighth graders in Buffalo go to pick their high schools next year, their choices will be different from what they were this year.

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10:11 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Computers For Children enhancing reading for students

Tapestry Charter students from other countries are engaged in using The Reading Companion program.
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Tapestry Charter School students are receiving 200 computers with a special reading program. Computers For Children has teamed with IBM and First Niagara to provide The Reading Companion program, cloud-based software with voice recognition to help students improve their reading.   As WBFO'S Focus on Education reports, the App is especially helpful to international students.

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6:05 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Press Pass: Buffalo teachers contract negotiations

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio for Press Pass.
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Buffalo teachers have been without a new union contract for the last 12 years. But over the past decade there has been a major change in education. In this Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Tiffany Lankes about planned negotiations between the Buffalo School District and teachers union.

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4:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

At-risk young adults learn trades at Medina facility

Students working in carpentry at the Iroquois Job Corps Center
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Iroquois Job Corps Center in Medina is preparing students ages 16 through 24 for 21st century jobs. The center celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday with a visit from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Focus on Education
5:15 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Buffalo State inaugurates Conway-Turner as ninth president

Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner delivering her address as the new president of Buffalo State College.
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Buffalo State College held an inauguration ceremony for its ninth president Tuesday. Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner is college’s the ninth president since it was founded in 1871.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New diploma options for student career paths; CTE, STEM or Arts

Student in a Western New York classroom.
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The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

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Focus on Education
5:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Buffalo school students enjoy Neglia's Baba Yaga

Neglia ballet performs Baba Yaga Friday to Buffalo school children.
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Some 1,600 Buffalo Public School children were dazzled by the high-energy performance of Neglia Ballet's Baba Yaga. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Neglia continues to provide the free performance as part of its "On School Time" program.

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5:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Hawkins campaigns against charter schools, Common Core

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared outside Lafayette High School in Buffalo Friday.
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As Governor Cuomo has turned his attention to how the state would deal with Ebola, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared in Buffalo Friday campaigning against charter schools, Common Core and Fracking. 

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7:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Fredonia debuts $60 million science center

SUNY Fredonia's new $60 million science center will be dedicated Friday.
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When it comes to the State University of New York at Fredonia, most people think of the arts and education.  But with today’s opening of a new science building, that’s about to change.

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9:55 am
Thu October 16, 2014

School Board begins search for permanent superintendent

Tim Kremer of the State School Boards Association, foreground, discussed the city's superintendent vacancy Wednesday night.
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With the Buffalo Public School system once again operating under an interim superintendent, the school board is starting the process of looking for a permanent boss.

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6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

A rally cry against charter plans at four failing city schools

Protest against proposed improvement plan for four failing city schools.
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Citizens, students and minority school board members are calling on the State Education Commissioner to prevent plans to create charters at four failing city schools.

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7:22 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Amherst Middle School kicks off year-long project supporting Women and Children's Hospital

Students will collect teddy bears or welcome bags
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Students in Amherst are learning an important life lesson as they begin a year-long project today to benefit Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

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5:57 am
Wed October 15, 2014

City district alerts parents & students of abduction attempts

Buffalo Schools Associate Superintendent for Student Support Will Keresztes.
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Buffalo Police are investigating attempted abductions of city children that started on October first.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says police have beefed up patrols outside Buffalo Public Schools and the school district is ramping up awareness with students and parents.

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6:33 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

UB has not identified any students, faculty or staff who traveled to areas with Ebola

UB students at the Amherst Campus
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Well-before the first Ebola case was reported here in the U.S. the University at Buffalo began planning for its international students traveling to and from the affected areas in Western Africa.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says UB'S Student Health Services is keeping a close watch on the situation -- but assures citizens that the risk remains low in America.

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12:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Students complain of dorm conditions; Buff State & Canisius work to resolve issues

Campion Hall on Main Street at Canisius College campus is housing some Buffalo State students.
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With a record number of new students enrolled this semester at Buffalo State, some students are being housed at the Canisius College campus on Main Street. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says both schools are working to respond to complaints of poor dorm conditions.

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10:59 am
Thu October 9, 2014

School Board moves towards more charter schools

The Buffalo School Board met at Performing Arts Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo Board of Education has potentially cleared the way for conversion of many city schools to charters.

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7:45 am
Tue October 7, 2014

High school students learn of deadly distractions

Jacy Good speaks about her tragedy and encourages teens to stop using their cell phones in the car.
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High school students and parents in the Williamsville Central School District listen to a powerful and tragic story about distracting driving, all caused by a cell phone. In this Focus on Education report  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on how a nationally known speaker visited Williamsville North, South and East High Schools. 


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9:35 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Community organizations rally against 'zero tolerance' policies

Students
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Community organizations will hold public workshops this week to rally against what is known as school pushout. The initiative is part of National Week Against School Pushout. It's expected to raise awareness about the issue, both locally and nationally.

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9:29 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Students help kick off bullying awareness month

Entertainer Kevin McCarthy stands in the 'Ring of Knowledge' at the downtown Library energizing some Buffalo school children.
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A major anti-bullying effort continues for another season in Buffalo. The month-long 'Bullying Stops Here' campaign was kicked off Friday at the downtown Central Library. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on how city school students participated in the event.

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5:22 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Say Yes program provides lessons for college applicants

Say Yes wall at I-Prep in Buffalo.
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As Buffalo students enter the third year of the Say Yes to Education program, a UB researcher is learning about students and the college application process.

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5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Some charter schools outperform Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan in the WBFO studio.
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As the Buffalo Public School District works to improve its failing schools debate is growing over the strength of charter schools. In this Focus on Education interview WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan.  The News continues its 'Fix Buffalo Schools' series Sunday. It explores the success of the Charter Schools for Applied Technologies and next Sunday will examine student success at the Tapestry Charter School -- two top charter schools in Buffalo.

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9:27 am
Fri October 3, 2014

New condom program considered for city high schools

Will Keresztes, Associate Schools Superintendent for Student Support Services, talked to reporters about a proposed condom distribution plan outside of City Hall Thursday.
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The Buffalo Public School District is considering a free condom distribution plan.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says this is in response to troubling data youth behavior.

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5:24 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Push continues for more afterschool programs

Inside a hallway at International Prep.
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Around half of Buffalo's public schools are open after the regular school day and there's a push to open them all.

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3:41 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Cuomo announces new anti-sexual assault measures on SUNY campuses

Students at UB's North campus in Amherst.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees and convinced officials to pass a system-wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.

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10:30 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Charter school children help build a rain garden

Elmwood Village Charter School students help build a rain garden on Hudson Street in Buffalo.
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Students from the Elmwood Village Charter School got a lesson outside the classroom Wednesday.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the school received a grant to install a rain garden next to the school's parking lot on Hudson Street.

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5:27 am
Thu October 2, 2014

School 82 incident prompts policy change proposal

Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie discussed the School 82 incident at a Wednesday night committee meeting.
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When a five-year-old special education student at School 82 put on his coat and backpack and left school, no one noticed until he was found wandering by a police officer. Officials are moving to prevent such situations from occurring again.

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5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Exploring digital challenges & regulations

UB's Digital Challenges series at the north campus in Amherst.
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The cyber world means digital infrastructure for businesses, organizations and government agencies is extremely vulnerable. The University at Buffalo is leading conversations on this topic with a lecture series called "Digital Challenges".  The first was held Wednesday on the North campus.  In this Focus on Education report -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the event examined the pitfalls of digital communication.

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