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1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

BTF says 'fact-finding' report on teachers contract is ready

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore.
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WBFO News has learned that the long-awaited fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract has been released, but remains embargo.  Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore tells WBFO News he can't comment on it until after midnight Wednesday.

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Focus on Education
9:13 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Young students receive a lesson on ‘Eight Nights of Tzedkah’

Temple Beth Zion Assistant Rabbi Adam Scheldt leads pre-schoolers in a lesson on the 'Eight Nights of Tzedkah'.
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Menorah lightings were held Tuesday night marking the first night of Hanukkah. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited Temple Beth Zion's Play And Learn School in Amherst where preschoolers received a lesson on the Jewish tradition. 

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Focus on Education
4:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Inaccurate ratings for some Buffalo school teachers

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie explains the mistakes in the recent teacher evaluations.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District says mistakes were made in the teacher evaluation process.  More than 100 city school teachers and principals received ratings of 'effective' or 'highly effective',  but should have been rated 'ineffective'.

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Focus on Education
9:14 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Buffalo school students play role in Ferry Street Corridor Project

BAVPA theater majors Lissette DeJesus and Jacobs Rodriguez rehearse.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In a time where there is so much racial divide across the nation, there is an effort underway in Buffalo to weave together two very different sections of the city. The Ferry Street Corridor Project is about stories of those who live on the city's East and West sides.

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Focus on Education
9:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

After-school program provides some low-income families with homework help

Union East second graders hug the sisters as they arrive for the after-school program.
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A brand new after-school program focuses on homework and academic assistance.  In October, Villa Maria College teamed with the Town of Cheektowaga to being an after-school services program for second graders from the Union East Elementary School and Mary Queen of Angels School.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is designed to support children from low-income families.


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Education Action Symposium in Buffalo
3:41 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Education Action Symposium brings together community stakeholders in education

Dr. Steve Perry
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An “Education Action Symposium” began Friday night and ran through noon Saturday at Buffalo’s Waterfront Elementary School.

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Focus on Education
11:34 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Buffalo School leader doesn't expect interruptions as King leaves State Ed

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.
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The Buffalo Public School District must return proposed school new school plans to the State Education Department today.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie about the departure of State Education Commissioner John King as the district works to fix its failing schools.

Focus on Education
10:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Plans prepared for failing Buffalo schools

A meeting held Thursday evening to discuss new MLK School plan.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Four Buffalo Public schools face a hard goal, delivering plans for a new program for failing schools which Albany wants to close.

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Focus on Education
1:52 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo update: 995 from class of 2014 in college

Students at the Charter School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo were the latest to learn they would be eligible for Say Yes Buffalo scholarships to college.
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Say Yes Buffalo issued an update on the number of city public school students who headed to college this school year. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the report was issued during the organization's Community Leadership Council.

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Focus on Education
12:10 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Addressing ‘civil rights’ for admission policy to criteria-based city schools

Buffalo parents question criteria-based schools and civil rights.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Buffalo Public School students don't have a fair shot at getting into the city's best public schools.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond said that was the message delivered Thursday evening during a meeting in Stanley Makowski School. 

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Developing
7:11 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

NYS Education Commissioner King appointed to U.S. Education Department

NYS Education Commissioner John King visiting with students in Niagara Falls during one of his most recent visits to the region.
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New York State's top education leader has been selected by federal officials for a new role. State Education Commissioner John King will be stepping down for a high level post in the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Focus on Education
10:58 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Deadline looms for proposed school turnaround plans

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie appeared at the Merriweather Library Monday.
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Interim Buffalo School Superintendent Don Ogilvie says the school district has a Friday deadline to submit a round of proposed turnaround plans for four failing city schools to prevent closure by the New York State Education Department.

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Online access for Buffalo school students

Buffalo Public School children demonstrate the new BPS Desktop.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School students now have a new tool to help them with their school work.  The Buffalo Public School District has a new partnership with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library creating the 'BPS virtual desktop' for city students. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students can now remote into their school work. 

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Focus on Education
5:02 am
Tue December 9, 2014

East High School studying turnaround plan

East High principal Casey Young discusses plans with a small audience Monday night.
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The lights will be on until nine at night, if the proposed plan for East High School in Buffalo wends its plan through the school  board and through Albany and into effect.

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Focus on Education
4:56 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Vote will determine millions in spending in Ken-Ton

Kenmore-Tonawanda School District voters decide Tuesday on a massive series of construction projects in buildings across the district.

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Focus on Education
9:51 am
Mon December 8, 2014

A call for a new teachers contract to focus on students

Bryon McIntyre, Vice President of the District Parent Coordinating Council, recently joined the Buffalo Niagara Partnership calling for a new teachers contract that puts children first.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Board of Education is still waiting for a fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says as the board awaits the information, there is a call for changes in a new teacher contract that would focus more on students. 

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Focus on Education
4:54 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Panelists say Buffalo ‘Renaissance’ is real

Buffalo Heritage Unlimited CEO Marti Gorman, Congressman Brian Higgins, and Niagara University Assistant Professor of Economics and Management Kristine Principe
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Buffalo’s ‘Renaissance’ is real, at least if you ask the panelists who participated in a forum held at Niagara University Friday. The hour-long discussion put together by university students, focused on the dynamics that are helping to change the city’s image.

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Focus on Education
3:49 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Daemen College opens Center for Excellence in Animation

Daemen College unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art Center for Excellence in Animation at Buffalo's Tri-Main Building.
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Hollywood producers could easily ask a new college animation center in Buffalo for production assistance.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Daemen College unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art Center for Excellence in Animation.

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Focus on Education
12:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Recommendations to improve future Buffalo teachers contract

StudentFirst New York executive director Jenny Sedlis.
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A new report issued Thursday makes recommendations for a future Buffalo teachers contract.  City school teachers have been working without a new contract for more than a decade.

StudentsFirstNY, a statewide education advocacy organization; and TNTP, a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality, presented the report at a news briefing at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

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Focus on Education
8:24 am
Fri December 5, 2014

'Max Meets the Mayor'

Max Meets the Mayor
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A new local children's book features Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the book was inspired by a 7-year-old boy.

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Focus on Education
3:41 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Canisius High football captain tossed out of play

Canisius-Timon game, YouTube.

The captain of Canisius High School's football team won't be able to play in this Sunday's New York State  Catholic Championship game.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a penalty from a game last weekend tossed him out final play.

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Focus on Education
11:38 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Buffalo’s parent leader meets President Obama

Buffalo's DPCC President Samuel Radford with President Obama.
Credit Photo provided by Samuel Radford

A delegation from Say Yes to Education that included Buffalo's Parent District Coordinating Council President Samuel Radford, are meeting with President Obama at the White House Wednesday as part of the White House College Opportunity Day of Action.

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Focus on Education
10:50 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Renewal plan to reopen failing city schools

Outside East High School, one of four failing city schools.
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Despite planning problems caused by the recent Lake Effect snow storm, the Buffalo Board of Education d voted Wednesday evening to stick to a renewal plan which would re-open some schools with new programs in September.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond was there for the vote.

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Focus on Education
9:03 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Local veteran struggles to re-educate himself

Randy Camp in the WBFO studio explaining his hardship.
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An Erie Community College student and veteran says he is struggling financially as he awaits distribution of his awarded scholarship funds. Randy Camp brought his story to WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley who talked with Camp and ECC's leader of veteran services. 

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Focus on Education
10:44 am
Wed December 3, 2014

SUNY adopts system-wide sexual assault policy

Students entering building at University at Buffalo north campus in Amherst, N.Y.
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SUNY has adopted a comprehensive system-wide sexual assault policy for all 64-of its campuses.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this will include a 'bill of rights' for victims and survivors of campus assaults. 

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Seminary educates future priests & laity

Christ the King Seminary entrance on Knox Road in East Aurora.
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There is a new leader at the helm of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.  The Rev. Joseph Gatto  recently began his new position as President-Rector.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says growth is occurring on the campus, as new seminarians are studying to become priests and laity seek theologian teachings. 

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Focus on Education
9:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Press Pass: The education formula at Grabiarz School

Grabiarz School of Excellence PS 79 at Lawn Avenue in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Public Schools Website

A Buffalo Public School with a high poverty rate that is following its own formula which includes the Common Core and is achieving some success. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes about her upcoming featured article for 'How to Fix Buffalo Schools' that will focus on the Grabiarz School of Excellence Public School 79.

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Focus on Education
5:39 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

UB introduces one of the nation’s ‘winningest’ college coaches

Wisconsin-Whitewater head football coach Lance Leipold on the big screen during his UB news briefing at UB Alumni Arena.
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One of the 'winningest' college football coaches in the nation is coming to the University at Buffalo. Monday UB announced it has hired Wisconsin-Whitewater head football coach of the Bulls.  Lance Leipold  has won five-national championships.  Leipold appeared at a news conference at UB's Alumni Arena at the north Campus in Amherst Monday.

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Focus on Education
9:48 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Local organization constructs girls school in remote African village

African girls in Tanzania.
Credit Photo from the Girls Education Collaborative Facebook page

An organization in Buffalo is diligently working to build a girls school in a remote village in northern Tanzania. Tuesday evening, the Girls Education Collaborative brings in Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for a fundraising event. 

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Focus on Education
11:46 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Unions expected to fight additional charter schools

BTF President Phil Rumore says union lawyers are looking at the legalities of the school board's recent moves.
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Phil Rumore, the head of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, says charter schools and regular public schools shouldn't mix.  The union chief is reacting to the school board putting charter operators into the process for what happens to four schools Albany wants closed.

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