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9:20 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Erie 1 BOCES selects new superintendent

Erie 1 BOCES logo,

It appears a search for a new superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES has been completed. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has learned the BOCES Board of Education has selected a new leader.

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Focus on Education
6:40 am
Tue January 27, 2015

City school board hears proposals from charter schools

A small audience gathered for Monday's public hearing on three charter school proposals.
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Three charter schools shared their plans Monday night over how they would use current public school buildings.  The public hearing at West Hertel Elementary School sets the stage for a key decision at Wednesday's meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Press Pass: Should the next superintendent come from the district?

Buffalo Board of Education recently listening to phase-in proposals.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some members of Buffalo School Board's majority indicated they would like to select the next superintendent from within the city district. But some minority board members insist a national search is needed.

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Focus on Education
5:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Bennett High teacher says school gets 'a bum rap'

Support for Bennett High School.
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A ground swell of support is growing among groups and community members calling to keep failing city schools from closing. On Wednesday evening, a rally is expected outside the Buffalo School Board meeting where board members are scheduled to take a final vote on four failing schools.

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Proposals made for Bennett and East high schools

The front of East High School in Buffalo.
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With the Buffalo School Board less than a week away from deciding the future of four city schools, two of them were making that final pitch for support Thursday night.


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Focus on Education
9:12 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Buffalo students inspired by Selma film

Some of the students from six Buffalo Public Schools pose for a photo after seeing Selma with Erie County Legislature Betty Jean Grant.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

About 140 Buffalo Public School students received a history lesson in civil rights outside their classrooms Thursday. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students from six city schools saw the movie Selma at the Regal Theater on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo.


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Focus on Education
11:12 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Parent organization praises Cuomo's proposed education reforms

Sam Radford, parent advocate and fighter for students in Buffalo schools.
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The leader of one of Buffalo's parent organizations is reacting very favorably to the Governor's public education reform proposals. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the president of the District Parent Coordinating Council.


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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Wilmers calls for ‘radical’ change for Buffalo Public Schools, favors state takeover

Robert Wilmers and WBFO'S Eileen Buckley during a question and answer session on education in Buffalo.
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Long-time Buffalo business leader Robert Wilmers delivered his "State of Public Education in Buffalo" Wednesday evening before a packed house inside the Montante Center on Main Street in Buffalo, hosted by Canisius College.  

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Wilmers blasts city school board

Robert Wilmers delivering "State of Public Education in Buffalo."
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Buffalo banker Robert Wilmers read the riot act to the Buffalo School Board Wednesday night, saying it is failing and not much appears to be going on to turn it around.  Wilmers' comments came during an address at Canisius College's Montante Center on the State of Public Education in Buffalo.


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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

M&T Chairman Wilmers to deliver 'The State of Public Education in Buffalo'

Robert Wilmers, Chairman & CEO of M&T Bank, sits at his desk in his office at the M&T building in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As the city school district grapples with failing schools, a powerful Buffalo stakeholder will lead a discussion on 'The State of Public Education in Buffalo' Wednesday evening.  M & T Bank Chairman and CEO Robert Wilmers will deliver remarks.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has this preview.

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Focus on Education
10:30 am
Tue January 20, 2015

High school students at Pioneer Central settle into new science wing

New science classrooms with labs at Pioneer Central High School.
Credit Photo from the Pioneer Central School District Website.

A new, 10-room science addition will be unveiled at Pioneer Central High School in the Cattaraugus County town of Yorkshire Tuesday night. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the district's superintendent ahead of this evening's ribbon cutting.


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Focus on Education
9:57 am
Tue January 20, 2015

City rolling out online student management system

Buffalo Public School students.
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Buffalo teachers will soon be able to find out everything about their students as school records and Say Yes to Education records are combined in a new computerized Student Management System.

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Focus on Education
9:52 am
Tue January 20, 2015

A conversation with Medaille’s president: Hints to potential partnerships

Medaille College, Buffalo, NY.
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This past fall, the president of Medaille College announced he will retire from the school at the end of this academic year citing unspecified health reasons.

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Focus on Education
11:29 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Buffalo students to view civil rights film 'Selma'

Movie poster for Selma.

Some students from six Buffalo Public Schools will have the chance to see the movie Selma free of charge thanks to the generosity of three Common Council members. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the movie fits into the school district's curriculum and understanding of black history.

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Focus on Education
10:08 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Creating Buffalo's 'green economy'

Downtown Buffalo's Canalside and waterfront.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The University at Buffalo was recently named to the 2014 list of "Best of Green Schools," awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council under the collaboration category. The council recognized UB for work that started almost a decade ago.

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Focus on Education
9:04 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The health of Buffalo Public School students: Risky behavior to improving physical education

Buffalo Public School students inside a classroom at the Makowski School on the city's east side.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District is working to provide a healthy environment for its students.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the district's director of Health Related Services about the District's Wellness Policy.

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

State audit criticizes Buffalo school board president

Wednesday's school board meeting at Waterfront School turned into another contentious affair.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A long and contentious meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night turned loud in criticism of  school board President Jim Sampson.

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Focus on Education
9:45 am
Wed January 14, 2015

More schools from NYS added to campus assault probe

Outside the Canisius College campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Eight more colleges in New York State have been added to the federal list of schools being investigated for sexual abuse complaints.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this involves a recent complaint filed against Canisius College in Buffalo. 

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Focus on Education
11:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Proposed ‘phase-in’ plans for four failing schools

Some Buffalo School board members listen to Phase-in proposals Monday at City Hall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Board of Education is now reviewing school phase-in plans before sending a final decision on four-failing schools to the State Education Department. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says two phase-in proposals were presented to board members Monday.

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Focus on Education
11:14 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Joint Schools will continue to withhold payment

Outside International Prep, former Grover Cleveland High School, the final school to receive major renovations under the Joint Schools Construction Project.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Joint Schools Construction Board has decided to continue withholding payments to LP Ciminelli for construction projects completed at Buffalo public schools.

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Holocaust and Preserving Human Rights
5:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Teachers trained on power of the media in preventing another Holocaust

Teachers surround a panel of Holocaust survivors.
Credit Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

Teachers from across Western New York gathered in West Seneca Monday for a day-long seminar where they were armed with the tools they need to teach about the Holocaust and ongoing human rights abuses. 

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Focus on Education
9:36 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Hochul says education is governor's priority this year

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul at a recent appearance at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. WBFO News asked her about Buffalo's education troubles.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is making education a priority this year, but exactly how the state will attempt to intervene in the troubled Buffalo Public Schools district is unclear. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and a city stakeholder about reforms for the city.

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Focus on Education
11:48 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Some school districts running out of ‘snow days’

Buffalo Public School classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A number of schools were forced to close Friday morning due to the Lake Effect snow storm that hit metro Buffalo. But some District's are running out of 'snow days.'  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley checked with some districts.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Fri January 9, 2015

ECC lawsuit dismissed

Renderings for future building at ECC North in Amherst.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A  judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra for planned expansion of the Erie Community College's north campus. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Chimes ruled that Giambra and two co-petitioners did not have proper legal standing to mount the court challenge.

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Focus on Education
10:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Charter schools seek to use Buffalo School buildings

Outside the MLK School in Buffalo.
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The Buffalo Public School District has received four-proposals from charter schools to use district-owned buildings.

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Focus on Education
9:24 am
Thu January 8, 2015

City schools faring well through flu spike

Buffalo Public School students at the Makowski School in a classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Despite a big spike in the number of flu cases across Erie County in the last couple of weeks, the Buffalo Public School District hasn't encountered any major problems.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the District's director of Health Related Services. 

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Focus on Education
12:30 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Project SOAR helps students excel

Three students from the Lovejoy Discovery School School #43 who were selected to be in Project SOAR.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A collaboration has been underway at four Buffalo Public Schools providing assistance to students in and out of the classroom.  Cradle Beach is working with the city district through the Project SOAR initiative. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited the Lovejoy Discovery School School #43 to find out how the program is providing support to struggling students.

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Focus on Education
11:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Parent group seeks role on Buffalo School Board

The District Parent Coordinating Council outlined its plan at a Tuesday night meeting.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A student representative currently occupies a spot on the Buffalo School Board. The District Parent Coordinating Council seeks a similar non-voting role for a parent.

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Focus on Education
9:48 am
Fri January 2, 2015

City school students receive free supplies

Second graders at Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center open their supply packs.
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public school children received packets of free-school supplies from The Teacher's Desk in Buffalo. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students were thrilled to receive the items.


Focus on Education
2:06 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

School protest planned outside governor’s Buffalo inauguration

NYSUT members protested outside the Governor's mansion in Albany, NY late Wednesday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The state's largest teachers union says it is outraged at Gov. Cuomo's veto of a bill on the Common Core. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a protest is planned for Thursday in Buffalo.


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