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6:25 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Canisius Board of Trustees to conduct full review & investigation

Outside Canisius High School in Buffalo
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The Canisius High School Board of Trustees will begin a full review and investigation into the recent suspension of a student athlete and the employment termination of the former Dean of Students. WBFO News has obtained statements from both the board and the school's President, Father Joseph , Costantino,   S.J.

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4:26 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Public Art initiative reaches out to students

Students at BEST School #6 are already using art kits.
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The Public Art Initiative between the Albright Knox Art Gallery and Erie County has now headed into area schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says thanks to a generous donations 60,000 art kits will be in the hands of local school students. 

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12:20 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Canisius High offers little information

Canisius High School on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
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Controversy continues to mount at Canisius High School in Buffalo, but there are few answers.  On Monday the school confirmed Dean of Students Beck O'Connor was out. It was also revealed that senior and star football player Brad Zaffram was suspended from post-season football. 

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8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

JFK Middle School embraces Common Core; Buff State student, teachers participate

Inside a classroom at JFK Middle School in Cheektowaga where teachers and student teachers are engaging students in Common Core.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

We often report on the struggles of Common Core Learning Standards in the classroom, but in this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley takes us inside JFK Middle School in Cheektowaga to hear about how educators and students are embracing it successfully and how future teachers are gearing up for the challenge. 

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4:59 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Protesters push back against charter schools

Naomi Cerre is the principal at Lafayette High School.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Supporters of public schools protested outside the Buffalo school board meeting room Wednesday.

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6:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

‘How did we…?’: UB’s eclectic & avant-garde performance

UB students work on 'How did we...?' set.
Credit Photo from UB YouTube video

A unique performance hits the stage at UB's Center for the arts tomorrow night blending music, art and dance.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says student artists are required to go beyond traditional performing to provide the audience with a first-ever experience.

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7:03 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Restructuring plan offered for Lafayette High School

Several interested parties were on hand for Monday's meeting at Lafayette High School.
Credit courtesy of Brian Trzeciak

With Lafayette High School under orders from Albany to close because of poor test scores, the school is proposing a re-structuring of itself.

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6:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014: ECC honors those who died in service

Veterans graves at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo are lined with flags each Veterans Day.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

For nearly seven decades, Erie Community College has served and continues to serve thousands of veterans. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says ECC will be honor them at all three campuses for Veterans Day that will include the dedication of a new Fallen Heroes Memorial Park at ECC's North campus. 

         

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6:35 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Canisius High School Dean of Students out & football player violates school rules

Canisius High School on Delaware Ave.
Credit Photo from Canisius High School Website

Two major developments occurring at Canisius High School in Buffalo.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says one involves a top administrator -- the other a nationally ranked football player.

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6:30 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Council of Great Schools: “Testing in American Schools"

One of the graphics presented at the Town Hall meeting on Testing in American Schools.
Credit Photo from Milwaukee Public Television graphic

The Council of Great City Schools recently held a discussion on “Testing in American Schools” at its 58th Annual Fall Conference. It was hosted this year by Milwaukee Public Schools in Milwaukee and featured a special Town Hall discussion. The theme for the conference was “Fresh Water, Fresh Thinking in Urban Education.”

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4:48 am
Thu November 6, 2014

School board members clash in chaotic session

The Buffalo School Board met Wednesday at Waterfront School.
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Even by the often-chaotic standards of Buffalo school board meetings, last night's was unusually hectic.

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6:29 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Athletic trainers to assess injuries in Southern Tier high school football

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The Buffalo Bills announced that athletic trainer grants are now provided to 12-southern tier high schools.  The NFL Foundation matched a $25,000 grant from the Ralph Wilson Foundation.   This allows the Western New York Amateur Football Alliance to provide athletic trainers. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says game day medical coverage is provided on the football field.

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9:16 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Early Childhood Staff Union seeks first contract

One of the CAO Head Start centers on East Ferry in Buffalo.
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A group of newly-unionized early childhood workers will be staging an informational picket Monday night in Buffalo. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports, the workers are seeking their first ever union contract with the Community Action Organization.

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Parents attend summit for engagement on students
5:54 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Parents attend summit for engagement on student issues

Say Yes Buffalo host first Parent Power & Partnerships Summit

Parents and families of Buffalo Public School students got an opportunity to learn and engage in their child’s education, Saturday. 

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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.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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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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.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

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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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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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.
Credit fredonia.edu

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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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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