Focus on Education

Focus on Education
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

School choice & civil rights

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As the Buffalo Public School District continues review of its school choice policy, one national civil rights expert explains how important the issue is across the country. 

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Focus on Education
8:44 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Pinnacle parents protest Harvey Austin merger

Parents and advocates discussed the merger of School 115 and Harvey Austin School Thursday night.
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A small group of parents and supporters turned out last night, trying to mobilize against the school board closing School 115, what was once Pinnacle Charter School.

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Focus on Education
9:39 am
Thu July 24, 2014

BTF leader says kindergarten 'absolutely critical'

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There may be hundreds more kindergartners in Buffalo Public Schools when classes start in six weeks. Kindergarten is now mandatory for 5-year-olds in city schools.

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Focus on Education
2:52 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Mandatory kindergarten bill signed for Buffalo schools

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that allows the Buffalo school board to require mandatory kindergarten attendance for 5-year-old children.

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Focus on Education
5:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Hamburg superintendent under police investigation

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The village of Hamburg police department has begun an investigation into Hamburg Central schools superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter.

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Focus on Education
12:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Canisius College hires Collins to lead advancement

William Collins, former principal and co-founder of Travers Collins, hired at Canisius College.

A high-profile public relations expert has been hired by Canisius College in Buffalo to serve as vice president of Institutional Advancement at Canisius.

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Focus on Education
8:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Charter school prepares for move to Holy Angels site

The Charter School for Applied Technologies makes the move this fall into the former Holy Angels Academy.
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The Charter School for Applied Technologies is working through the many preparations needed before classes start at the former site of Holy Angels Academy.

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Focus on Education
12:53 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Daemen makes list of 'Great Colleges To Work For'

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Daemen College in Amherst has made the Chronicle for Higher Education's "Honor Roll" as one of the Top Ten small four-year institutions to work for in the United States.

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Focus on Education
7:25 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Ken-Ton prepares for reorganization

Retiring Ken-Ton superintendent Mark Mondanaro has been busy planning for the district's reorganization.
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The Ken-Ton school district is working through the details as it plans for next year's major reorganization.

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Focus on Education
12:04 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Cuomo says sexual assault is ‘serious’ issue for colleges & universities

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the recent investigation into assaults on college campuses while appearing in Rochester Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation in May.

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Focus on Education
8:26 am
Thu July 17, 2014

FOIL request reveals UB paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech

Hillary Clinton on the big screen at last October's UB Distinguished Speakers event.
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A Freedom of Information request revealed the University at Buffalo paid 275-thousand dollars for Hillary Clinton's Distinguished Speakers Series speech last fall.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the FOIL request was issued by the Public Accountability Initiative based on Buffalo's West Side.

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Focus on Education
9:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Common Council leader says school board has ‘very little’ discussion of education issues

Buffalo Common Council president Darius Pridgen discusses education issues.
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The leader of the Buffalo Common Council is weighing in on the education crisis in the city. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with the Council president and True Bethel pastor Rev. Darius Pridgen.  Pridgen, who once served as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education, offers his thoughts on the city district.

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Focus on Education
2:50 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Hobart and William Smith Colleges respond to NY Times sexual assault article

Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, in Central New York responded to a complaint of alleged sexual assault filed by a student in response to a New York Times article dated July 12, 2014.

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Focus on Education
5:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Parent leader feels ‘validated’ in Office of Civil Rights resolution for criteria city schools

Sam Radford, president of District Parent Coordinating Council.
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The Buffalo Public School District has agreed to work toward resolving the admission requirements for criteria based-schools.  The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights issued a resolution after three parents filed a complaint. 

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Focus on Education
9:23 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Traveling to Brooklyn to find a successful graduation rate among ELL students

International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, NY.

Similar troubles within the Buffalo Public School District are happening in other districts across the country. The Buffalo News has been launching a series of stories that look at how a district in New York City is tackling low-graduation rates at an international school. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan who traveled to Brooklyn to learn about a teaching model for English Language Learners.

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Focus on Education
6:46 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Common Council gets community feedback on Common Core

Associate superintendent Will Keresztes at Thursday night's Common Council Education Committee hearing.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

The Buffalo Common Council Education Committee held a public hearing Thursday evening on Buffalo Public schools, including the Common Core learning standards that have been backed by the Buffalo school system. Community members who spoke at the hearing in Council chambers said parents have to understand the new rules better.

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Focus on Education
9:40 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Ogilvie approved as interim superintendent

Buffalo school board members meet to vote on the appointment of Donald Ogilvie as interim superintendent.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

The new majority on the Buffalo Public School Board went into special meeting Wednesday afternoon with the five votes needed to make Donald Ogilvie, former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent, the interim city schools superintendent. After two nasty hours of discussion, his appointment was approved.

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Focus on Education
9:36 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Regents Bennett says Ogilvie is an ‘extraordinary’ leader

State Regents Robert Bennett is pleased with the selection of Don Ogilvie as interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent.
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New York State Board of Regents member Robert Bennett is praising the work of newly named interim Buffalo Schools superintendent Don Ogilvie.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Bennett is convinced Ogilvie will be able to turn around the trouble city school district.

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Breaking
6:28 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Ogilvie appointed interim Buffalo schools superintendent

Donald Ogilvie is now interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools.
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Buffalo's Board of Education appointed former Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Donald Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent in a contentious board meeting Wednesday evening. 

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Focus on Education
4:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Larry Quinn says it's time to do things 'differently' in city schools

Buffalo at-large school board member Larry Quinn.
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Larry Quinn is one of the new Buffalo Board of Education members and makes up the new majority on the board. Quinn said Wednesday he is ready to support former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent Don Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent. 

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Focus on Education
2:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Buffalo parent group encouraged with Ogilvie’s solutions

Buffalo School Board.
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An effort to turn around a troubled Buffalo School District, the new school board majority is poised to select a new interim leader Wednesday night. The board is expected to select former Erie 1-BOCES superintendent Don Ogilvie to serve as interim schools superintendent. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley has reaction from one of the parent organizations seeking change.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Former BOCES leader in line to be interim Buffalo schools superintendent

Donald Ogilvie, former Erie 1 BOCES district superintendent on left.
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Former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent Donald Ogilvie could become the next interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public School District.

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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New majority names Sampson school board president

The new school board posed for a group photo Tuesday on the steps of City Hall.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

The Buffalo School Board has some new leadership but most of the old problems.

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Focus on Education
8:58 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Redesign planned for Bennett High School

The future of Bennett was discussed Tuesday night at the Main Street school.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports

By September 1, Buffalo schools are hoping to have a "new" Bennett High School.

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Focus on Education
9:19 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Former Assembly leader Arthur Eve honored with building naming

Arthur Eve's name now adorns the Educational Opportunity Center on Ellicott Street.
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The sign on UB's new Educational Opportunity Center now includes the name of former Assembly Deputy Speaker Arthur Eve, the man behind a variety of programs and centers to expand educational opportunity.

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Focus on Education
8:53 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Young Audiences program helping at-risk teens

Teens gather in "circle conversation" for Most at Risk program. WBFO was not allow to photograph their faces
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City school students who live in poverty and are left on their own after school hours are more likely to participate in risky behavior. But some of Buffalo's at-risk teenagers are being supported through an after school program provided by Young Audiences Western New York.

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Charter School of Inquiry
8:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Regents approve new Buffalo charter school

The state Board of Regents has approved a new charter school in Buffalo.  The Charter School of Inquiry will open in August 2015.

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Focus on Education
10:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Buffalo School board votes to keep MLK open

Outside MLK School in Buffalo at a recent protest by parents.
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The Buffalo School Board reversed itself Wednesday night in voting to keep Martin Luther King School open.

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Focus on Education
10:38 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Aloma charter students showcase literacy through songwriting

Aloma students take to the stage to perform songs they wrote.
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Students at the Aloma D. Johnson Community Charter School in Buffalo celebrated the end to the school year by showing off their creative side.  In this Focus on Education report, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students performed songs they wrote after a long school year of learning the tough Common Core Standards.

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Focus on Education
2:15 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

New program seeks to prepare students for manufacturing careers

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy.
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A new program has been created to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was in Buffalo Wednesday to announce the plan to create an advanced manufacturing early college program at Burgard High School.

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