Focus on Education

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The West Seneca Central School District serves a diverse population of students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says one of the high school teachers says he helps students strive for success.


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While Buffalo School Board meetings often devolve into rants, targeting blame for the many troubles inside the city's educational system, Wednesday night's session took a moment to highlight success. Two students have won college scholarships through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

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The Buffalo School Board still hasn't decided what to do about major problems in the admissions process for the city's criteria schools, most visibly City Honors.


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One of the nation's top labor leaders visited the West Seneca School District and walked the picket lines with local Verizon workers Wednesday.  Randi Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers, a union that represents 1.6-million members. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was invited by the local NYSUT representatives and the West Seneca Teachers Association for an exclusive sit-down interview  with Weingarten.  

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The Buffalo Public School District is beginning to launch new community schools that revive former failing schools. As WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley tell us these new innovative high schools are expected to create more equity in providing quality education to more students.

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The Buffalo Public School District has created an all new Bennett High School. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday to open the first Computing Academy of Technological Sciences at Bennett on Main Street.

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A well-known national artist will be visiting a Buffalo Public high school today.  Abstract artist Mark Bradford will be speaking to students at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says students created art work in preparation for his visit. 

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Many are anticipating a brand new direction on the Buffalo School Board when teacher-union backed candidates begin this July.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how a past reform agenda could end up 'off' the table. 

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For the first time next month, Say Yes Buffalo will be hosting a 'College Kickoff' event.  It is designed for Buffalo Public high school and city charter school students graduating next month and attending a Say Yes college this fall. A two-day conference will offer advice on making the transition from high school to college. 

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As we recently highlighted the story of an 18-year-old Buffalo teen who unsuccessfully ran for city school board, there was another teenager who clinched a seat in the Iroquois Central School District. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has his story.

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A Character Education program was launched by the Buffalo Bills and United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. It's called 'Character Playbook'.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says it focuses on character development for middle school students.  

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Almost 98 percent of school budgets were approved in statewide voting Tuesday, including the majority of school districts asking for overrides of the state’s mandatory property tax cap. Meanwhile, school board candidates who support opting out of standardized tests saw success across the state.


Criticism came quickly to a report by SUNY’s TeachNY Advisory Council announced Wednesday. United University Professions President Frederick Kowal quickly called the report flawed, incomplete and failing to tap the experience of SUNY education professionals who teach and mentor future teachers across the state.

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia have announced what they call a "historic partnership" to address New York’s teaching shortage by transforming teacher preparation. Launching TeachNY in Albany, they unveiled the findings of a distinguished group of state and national thought leaders convened by SUNY, and launched a listening tour to receive feedback from educators throughout the state.

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Not everyone agrees that giving out iPads and gift cards to encourage Buffalo Public School students to attend school is a good idea.

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The U.S. Education Department has selected Niagara County Community College as one of six SUNY campuses to run a pilot program for high school Pell Grants. NCCC will work in partnership with the Niagara Falls City School District. 

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Voters in the Williamsville School District will be deciding on a proposed $183 million budget plan Tuesday as well as school board candidates. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently sat down with the leader of the Williamsville Teachers Association, who voiced concerns of ongoing acrimony in the district.

A directive issued be the federal government on transgender student rights is being welcomed by the region's largest school district.

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The Buffalo School Board couldn't come to a budget agreement Wednesday evening. That decision will be delayed until next week, at the earliest.


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KeyBank delivered a one million dollar gift to the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship program. A pep rally was held Wednesday with Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts students to celebrate.  The free college tuition program for Buffalo Public and city charter school students is receiving praise from the national Say Yes program. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says students are pledging not to waste the opportunity to succeed. 

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A proposed boost in college aid for New York State students has come to a halt in an Assembly committee. The development has drawn the ire of the legislation's co-sponsor, Amherst Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter.

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Absentee ballots were counted in the Buffalo School Board Park District race and incumbent Carl Paladino is the winner. Paladino defeated 18-year-old Austin Harig. But the 18-year-old opponent created a tight race for the powerful businessman.

People from the community and people who have just finished courses in Buffalo public schools Adult Education Division are being invited to attend a job fair Wednesday in the Career Collegiate Institute in North Buffalo.


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Some community stakeholders and educators are fully behind Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash's effort to change struggling schools. WBFO Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with an elementary school principal and a college leader.

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Some Buffalo Public School students will soon be benefiting from reading tutors.  The AARP Foundation delivered a $200,000 Reading Intervention Grant to Read to Succeed Buffalo.

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Earlier this week Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino emerged the winner over his 18-year-old opponent Austin Harig. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the teen is considering suing Paladino for an election night remark. 

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Some of the most successful Buffalo Public School students are refugees from across the globe. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says for the fourth year in a row, a refugee student at Lafayette High School is the winner of the very prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

 

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Western New York Regent Representative Catherine Fisher Collins says even with a new Buffalo School Board majority, board members must stay focused to fix struggling city schools. 


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Erie Community College broke ground Wednesday for its nanotechnology building.


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