Focus on Education

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Mayor Byron Brown wants to make sure Buffalo Public School children remain safe before and after school. In his State of the City address Brown pledged to deliver more funding to the Buffalo Peacemakers.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the organization has made major strides in protecting children to and from school.  

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Higher education is always a mix between the theoretical and the practical. That's especially true for students at UB's Department of Architecture and Planning.


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The Rich Family Foundation has made a major donation to benefit education initiatives in Buffalo.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Foundation is donating $500,000 to the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund.

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo announced the abrupt departure of its 24th president, John Thomas West III.

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Daemen College in Amherst has become the first private college to endorse federal legislation designed to combat campus sex assaults.

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The Iroquois Central School District in Elma has updated its school dance policy. Iroquois High School students can no longer 'twerk' or 'grind' as part of their dance moves.

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Charter school advocates rallied in Albany Monday.  About one-thousand students, parents and teachers from across the state called on state lawmakers to erase the funding gap between public and charter schools and create equity.

A rally Tuesday morning challenged the minority hiring practices at Buffalo's Elmwood Franklin School. The protest was prompted by the firing of African-American teacher Shellonnee Chinn, who contends she was the only African-American classroom teacher in the private school's 127-year-old history.

Buffalo's Academy of Science Charter School says it's doing well enough academically that it wants to add fifth and sixth grade and 120 students.


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The Buffalo teachers union has rejected the latest contract offer from the city school district. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.       

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Students will no longer have time limits on state tests this spring.  State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says students third through eighth graders will be given the time they need to talk the assessments. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter asked some area schools superintendents if this will ease over testing concerns.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said 82-school districts are in 'fiscal stress'.  Eight districts are listed as 'Significant Stress'. That includes the West Seneca Central School District.

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New findings released by Business First show that a majority of New York State high students will enroll in college, though less than half appear to be ready.


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The state’s education commissioner Mary Ellen Elia spent nearly four hours before the legislative budget committees on Wednesday.


The Buffalo school board is proposing to the teacher's union a 10% raise. In return, teachers would pick up a significant part of the cost of their health insurance and agree to longer school days and school years.


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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is calling for more time for students to complete state-testing this year.  Commissioner Elia made her remarks as she testified  at a state budget hearing in Albany Wednesday. 

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One of the most diverse populations of students can be found inside a west side Catholic elementary school in Buffalo. Many students at Our Lady of Black Rock are able to attend through the Catholic Diocese Bison fund. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley visited the school to find out how educators are engaging students despite high poverty and language barriers.

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It’s not unusual for schools in the Middle East to separate students by gender. But an Ontario-based college is facing criticism for opening a men-only campus in Saudi Arabia.

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As the Buffalo Public School District continues to encourage students to attend college, many are trying to navigate through the application and financial process. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited one of two College Success Centers set up inside city high schools by the University at Buffalo.

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The Ralph Wilson Foundation continued its generosity handing out one of the largest education gifts to date to Say Yes Buffalo. Mary Wilson delivered $2-million in funding to Say Yes for its college scholarship program. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader of the city school district is hoping to apply for a future Foundation grant.

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said the district is implementing receivership recommendations issued by the New York State Education Commissioner.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the changes are happening at those persistently struggling city schools.

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Say Yes Buffalo is the latest recipient to receive funding from The Ralph Wilson Foundation. Mary Wilson delivered a $2 million gift Wednesday morning.

The president of St. Bonaventure University has announced plans to step down and retire. Sr. Margaret Carney said she will be leaving July 31st.  

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We continue to report on how STEM programs are increasing a student's interest in the field of science, technology, engineering and math. This Saturday a conference will be held in Buffalo titled STEM and Social Justice.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this year's focus is 'Girls in STEM'.

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The New York State United Teachers Southwest Regional and the Olean Teachers Association holds an annual march and rally on this Martin Luther King Day.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this year's event will highlight the hardships of wage inequality and struggling public schools.

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The leader of the American Federation of Teachers is weighing in on the state's flawed Common Core rollout and school receivership in Buffalo. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Randi Weingarten was a member of the Governor's Common Core Task Force.

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has started major structural changes in the system. Some of the initiatives include more online education and plans for more community schools.


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Some education leaders say it's time to hear Governor Cuomo on the troubled Common Core Learning Standards when he delivers his annual State-of-the-State message. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Governor's own Common Core Task Force issued 21-recommendations calling to stop linking the controversial assessments to teacher evaluations.   

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A winning Spaceflight Experiment created by three Buffalo Public School students has caught the attention of the White House. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says three Hamlin Park students will be in Washington Wednesday.

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The Buffalo Public School District has reason to celebrate. New numbers released Monday by the New York State Department of Education indicate an increase in the district’s 2015 graduation rate

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