Focus on Education

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A Buffalo dance studio is holding a summer day camp program to provide children lessons and history of hip hop. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley attended the camp, called The Elements, to find out how students are learning about hip hop culture.  


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The New York State Education Commissioner is being asked to prevent the closing of four Buffalo schools.  State Assembly members Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Sean Ryan were joined by Western New York Regents representative Catherine Collins outside Lafayette High School in Buffalo on Wednesday.

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Some Buffalo Public school students are learning how to produce their own radio music show and interview guests.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley visited the RadioARTS program at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts where students were attending a summer camp program.

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An effort to teach young Buffalo children to read and attend school is slowing paying off. A leader from The Annie E. Casey Foundation has delivered a Pacesetter Community Award for Buffalo's Read to Succeed program.

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The Buffalo Public School District may get $36 million being held by Albany in a dispute over how much parent participation is going on in the school system.


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Parents, students and community advocates gathered on the steps of Buffalo's City Hall Monday to applaud the Buffalo Public School District's plan to hire 30-additional physical education teachers for the upcoming school year.

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Twenty-five Buffalo Public Schools are now under 'receivership,' meaning they are in the hands of the city schools superintendent. Members of Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council believe receivership could finally turn around struggling schools.

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Students from SUNY and CUNY schools are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to make a commitment to higher education. They joined forces Wednesday asking him to sign a bill that would provide more funding for SUNY and CUNY schools. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley attended a local news conference at University at Buffalo's North Campus. 


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The Buffalo School Board will be asking for more time to make a decision on recommendations from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says board members still disagree on criteria-based schools. 

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Some members from the Buffalo Public School District will be in Albany Wednesday and Thursday to learn more about Receivership. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says they will attend a two-day State Education conference on how receivership will effect school districts. 

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Supporters of a long-time coach at City Honors High School appeared at Tuesday's special Buffalo School Board meeting at City Hall. They are calling on the board to keep Deborah Matos in her job. 

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is accusing the city school district of "bargaining in bad faith" for a new contract.  

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The State Education Commissioner is directing the implementation of school receivership to begin for struggling and persistently struggling.   Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has identified 20-persistently struggling schools in 17-districts across the state. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says five of those schools are right here in Buffalo.


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Some Buffalo children attended an anti-violence program the Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo Thursday afternoon.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says they heard from a former gang member who encouraged them to avoid a life of crime.

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The contract for the Distinguished Educator working for the Buffalo Public School District is set to expire at the end of this month. Judy Elliott was appointed to serve the city district by the State Education Department in 2012 by then former Education Commissioner John King. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says some are calling for an end to the position.

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The state’s new education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, has been on the job just over a week, and she’s been traveling the state on a listening tour to reach out to teachers, school boards and others who’ve been buffeted by an intense political climate during the most recent legislative session. 

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Enrollment is rising in South Buffalo Charter School, as the school hires teachers and sets up new sections for students across the kindergarten through eighth-grade school.


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Buffalo School parents, teachers and citizens lined the steps of City Hall Tuesday speaking out against school board member Carl Paladino's behavior.

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The Buffalo School Board will be heading into special session Tuesday.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports Board members will be conducting interviews for superintendent.

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The first local school visit by the newly appointed State Education Commissioner took place late last week in the Sweet Home School District.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Reporter Tiffany Lankes recorded immediately following the visit to recap the Education Commissioner's MaryEllen Elia's message to teachers, parents and school leaders. 

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For years, Buffalo has had high school students scattered through the district who are unlikely to graduate because they are much older than their fellow students. The district is now setting up the Pathways program to offer help.

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New state Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia has only been on the job for four days and she’s already visiting her old stomping grounds.

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Buffalo schools students are spending more time in class and less time on suspension, according to a report prepared in the wake of major changes in the system's disciplinary process.


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A backroom meeting during the Buffalo school board session Wednesday night may have cleared the way for Albany to ship in $36 million already anticipated in the budget. The money has been delayed as part of a long-running fight over parental involvement in district decisions.


A local literacy specialist is encouraging families to make sure they are supporting reading for their children. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Judy Bradbury, a local literacy specialist and co-author of Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy.

Albany is ramping up the pressure to raise the quality of teachers in public schools -- not just current teachers with a rating system, but also new teachers by improving training programs.

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The Buffalo Public School District works to make sure the needs of its special education students are met.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education to learn how the District is working to engage students in their academics.  


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As children enjoy their summer break from school, experts warn of the so-called "summer slide." Studies indicate most students will lose about two months of a grade level in math skills and low-income students lose more than two months in reading.

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The Buffalo school board showed up Wednesday for the annual reorganization meeting to elect its officers for the new school year and adjourned without electing anyone.


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The Buffalo Board of Education met and interviewed candidates applying for the superintendent job Tuesday. The board met behind closed doors most of the day after gathering in special session. Meanwhile, WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says members of the community continue to pressure the board to remain transparent in the search for a new superintendent. 

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