Focus on Education

Election 2016: Buffalo School Board

Apr 29, 2016
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The Buffalo School Board elections will be held Tuesday, May 3. Six board seats will be decided by eligible city voters.

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A backroom fight over the budget for Erie Community College is turning into a major public fight between two of the area's most visible public figures, County Executive Mark Poloncarz and college president Jack Quinn.


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State Supreme Court Justices ruled on two Buffalo School Board petition challenges Wednesday.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was in the courtrooms for the day-long proceedings.

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With less than two weeks before the Buffalo school board is slated to vote on its budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, it's under pressure to spend millions to put aides on every school bus.


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Further investigation into the case of a six-year old boy alleged to have been sexually abused on a City of Buffalo school bus has revealed more disturbing results. The latest development has the school district’s Parent Coordinating Council up in arms.


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A judge has ruled Buffalo School Board President James Sampson does not have enough valid petition signatures to be on the ballot for the upcoming board election. 

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Next Tuesday eligible Buffalo voters will have the chance to decide on six Board of Education races.  But the ballot is not finalized as two of the candidates appear in court today for petition challenges. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with one of the Erie County Board of Election Commissioners about preparations for the school board election.

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A U.S. Court of Appeals decision issued last week a first of its kind ruling says it is sex discrimination to bar students from using a bathroom that matches their gender identity. The court sided with a Virginia student, Gavin Grimm, who was born a girl, but now identifies as a boy. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley recently talked about transgender issues with some Cheektowaga Central High School students who weighed in on the use of restrooms.


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The Buffalo Public School District provides training for students with severe intellectual disabilities.  Young adults 18 to 21 years of age attend the School 42 Occupational Training Center at the Tri-Main Building. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says students receive a variety of experiences to become independent and employable. 


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The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative's Success Looks Like Me project is helping some Buffalo Public high school students learn about STEM careers in the automotive world. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us this program provides low-income, minority students with a chance to interact with local and national leaders of color who are successful adults. 

A longtime local educator has authored a children's book just in time for Earth Day. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the book can be used to teach a child about backyard nature.

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Some Buffalo public school students are benefiting from afterschool programs operated by the Northwest Buffalo Community Center. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited one of the sites at the Grabiarz School of Excellence.     


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Buffalo voters go to the polls May 3 to pick the district members of the school board. However, in many cases, they still do not know who will be the candidates in particular districts because the process continues.

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Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino tried to knock his opponent out of the May 3 school board election. 18-year-old Hutch Tech student Austin Harig of South Buffalo defended his nominating petitions Thursday morning at an Erie County Board of Election.

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Two lawyer organizations are teaming to help a school library on Buffalo's West Side. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has that story. 

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Buffalo School Board races are beginning to take shape. The election is next month. This week in our Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes examine what power plays are underway for those seats. 

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Computers and the web have become integral in the modern school classroom. For Buffalo students, the problem is that many don't have computers and don't have web access at home.


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A new charter school application has been approved for Buffalo. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter says the SUNY Board of Trustees' Charter Schools Committee has said yes to the Elmwood Village Charter School 2-to open.

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A City Honors fight over volunteer softball coaches brought angry players and parents to the school board meeting Wednesday night.


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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash's ambitious plans to improve city schools may be cut back as the school district deals with yet another anticipated budget deficit.


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Students from Autism Services kicked off their annual art show with a special performance Tuesday.  It was held in our WNED-Television studio's.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the event celebrates American Music. 

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Buffalo Public Schools are taking advantage of the extra attention before New York's primary by kicking off "Buffalo Students Deserve."

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Over the last couple of years, the Cheektowaga Central High School has participated in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley discovered, this year the students produced a story about a transgender high school student. 

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It's an attempt to create a "Culture of Literacy," as Buffalo schools race to have every student coming up to fourth grade reading proficiently.


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All this week higher education is honoring girls and women in sports. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a discussion on the importance of females in sports at Daemen College Monday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley Gillibrand encourages women to 'stay in the game'.

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Despite changes to the New York State Assessments, some parents said they will still have their child 'opt out'. Public school students in grades 3rd through 8th will be taking the English Language Arts exams Tuesday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at both sides in this opt out battle. 

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Inside a classroom in the West Seneca Central School District you will find some parents and grandparents volunteering.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley brings us that story.

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The University at Buffalo has made some major gains in closing the completion gap between white and black students. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says a new, national study shows an improved graduation rate for black students at UB.

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As the so-called 'opt out' movement is expected to rev up with next week's English Arts Assessment, one Buffalo Public school is encouraging students to take the tests. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked to the principal at West Hertel Academy. 

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As city of Buffalo's eighth graders are trying to decide where they will go to high school, the Buffalo Public School District will be show-casing five new choices Saturday morning in Bennett High School.


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