Focus on Education

Buffalo Teachers Federation
5:15 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Buffalo teachers plan informational pickets this week

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore
Credit WBFO File Photo

Buffalo teachers will set up informational pickets outside city schools this week to protest the lack of a contract with the school district. 

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Focus on Education
9:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

College victims of sexual assault at higher risk for reoccurrence

UB's South Campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

There is more reason for women on college campuses to protect themselves from sexual assaults. A new study out of the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions says female college students of past sexual assaults at a much higher risk to become victims again. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks to the principal investigator of the study.

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Motorists urged to be ready for school children

AAA of Western and Central New York President and CEO Tony Spada joined by local law enforcement and school districts to kick off campaign.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Drivers are being reminded that school children across the region will begin a brand new school year next week.

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Another tumultuous Buffalo School Board session

Buffalo School Board in special meeting Wednesday discussing Bennett.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Racial allegations were flying at Wednesday's Buffalo School Board session. School Board members met in special session at City Hall to discuss proposed turnaround plans for Bennett High School and Martin Luther King School.

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Hamburg School District
9:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Jetter pleads not guilty to filing false police report

Hamburg Schools Superintendent Richard Jetter, now on leave.

Hamburg Schools Superintendent Richard Jetter entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment in Hamburg Village Court Wednesday evening on a charge that he filed a false police report. 

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Focus on Education
8:47 am
Wed August 27, 2014

One store's mission of providing free school supplies

Inside The Teacher's Desk store on Main Street in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The Teacher's Desk Website

As school districts begin a brand new school year next week, teachers and students will be in need of annual school supplies. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us about a free supply store in Buffalo called The Teacher's Desk.

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Focus on Education
6:15 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

CSAT middle school students expand into former Holy Angels building

Buses arrive fro CSAT
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new era is underway at a former school building in north Buffalo.  In our Focus on Education report  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says more than 550-middle school students from the Charter School for Applied Technologies returned for a new school year  at the former Holy Angels Academy on Hertel Avenue.

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Focus on Education
1:03 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Local school teacher selected as a PBS Innovator

Kirsten Kenny, religion teacher at Sacred Heart Academy, selected as PBS Innovator.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A local school teacher is the only Western New York teacher to be selected as a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says it works to promote digital training and education in the classroom.

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Focus on Education
8:27 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Press Pass: Is vocational education a better option for some students?

Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes in WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Other school districts outside of New York State have similar demographics to Buffalo, but are doing a much better job in improving graduation rates.

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Focus on Education
9:01 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Coppola tabbed as interim superintendent in Hamburg

Vincent Coppola brings a wealth of education experience to his post as interim superintendent in Hamburg.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Hamburg School District now has a superintendent on leave, an interim superintendent and candidates vying to become the permanent superintendent.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

STEM expands to year-round for city students

Students from the MST School on East Delavan in Buffalo gather for kickoff of STEM.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public Schools STEM Experience is being expanded year-round. In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the program works to encourages city school students to pursue studies in math, science and technology.

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Focus on Education
6:15 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Bona, Hilbert discussing strengthening alliance

Hilbert College and Saint Bonaventure University are talking about a strategic alliance and the two schools have chosen an executive director to oversee the conversation.

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Focus on Education
1:26 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

New South Buffalo Charter School allows room to grow

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Just ahead of the start of the school year, students cut the ribbon Thursday on the new South Buffalo Charter School. The $21 million facility on South Ogden Street opens Monday with an enrollment of about 800 students in grades K-8.

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Focus on Education
7:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

School board approves teacher layoffs

The Buffalo School Board approved a plan for teacher layoffs by a vote of 6-to-2.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo Board of Education voted Wednesday night to lay off 63 teachers.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Leader of Buffalo schools gaining ground 'one foothold at a time’

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie in studio
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Donald Ogilvie is now in his sixth full week on the job. Ogilvie is tackling many issues that have lingered over the troubled city school district for several years. In this Focus on Education interview, WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with Ogilvie to discuss a variety of education topics.

Listen to Eileen Buckley's extended interview with interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New charter school proposed for city’s West Side

Fred Saia, president of Oneida Concrete and founder of Applied Charter School of Technology & Frank Herstek, consultant with Western New York Education Service Council want to create the Smart Academy, a new charter school.

A new charter school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade is being proposed for Buffalo's West Side. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learned exclusively about plans to open the SMART Academy. 

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Focus on Education
12:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Buffalo School District set to expand pre-K

Buffalo Public School District registration sign.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A round of state funding is allowing the Buffalo Public School District to expand its pre-kindergarten program.  The governor is providing $340 million to 81 school districts and community groups statewide for pre-kindergarten programs.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

SUNY reaches agreement to improve its sexual assault policy

UB's South Campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

SUNY has agreed to make improvements to obeying Title IX when dealing with sexual assaults. That agreement was reached last November according to an Albany report. Last week, in WBFO's Focus on Education report, we reviewed the University at Buffalo's policy that already follows many federal recommendations. 

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Focus on Education
5:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo's waterfront history literacy lesson: History of Buffalo Graphic Novel

The History of Buffalo Graphic Novel created through a summer project hosted by Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara at Canalside.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some area school students participated in a summer-time literacy project.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students created the History of Buffalo Graphic Novel to promote reading while learning about the city's waterfront history. 

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Focus on Education
9:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Say Yes students learn the college financial aid process

Say Yes student who will entire college this fall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo scholarship students are still required to navigate through the financial aid process.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Public School students heading to college this fall are still filling out federal and state financial aid applications.


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Developing
9:34 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Layoffs issued to dozens of Buffalo teachers

BTF Pesident Phil Rumore is blasting the timing of the teacher layoffs in the Buffalo School District.
Credit WBFO File Photo

With the opening of school only weeks away, at least 63 Buffalo teachers have received layoff notices.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Second round of Common Core results show 'modest, but real' progress

Common Core workbook.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and State Education Commissioner John King released results Thursday of the April 2014 Common Core assessments for grade 3-8 math and English Language Arts. Students made slight improvement in math grades 3-8 with 35.8% passing, up from around 31%, but students are doing about the same in English at about 31%.

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Focus on Education
9:13 am
Thu August 14, 2014

UB defines campus policy for reporting sexual assaults

University at Buffalo north campus in Amherst.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The State University of New York has gone on record in support of a bill to strengthen campus policies for reporting sexual assaults. SUNY joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in support of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. As part of our Focus on Education reporting WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with University at Buffalo officials to discuss the school's policy.

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Focus on Education
9:38 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Say Yes students get ready to start college

Students taking the Say Yes summer program at ECC.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

More than 30 Buffalo Public High School graduates have been attending the Say Yes Summer Academy at ECC. The students have been awarded Say Yes Buffalo scholarships. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on students who have been attending a five-week summer school program to gain skills necessary to head to college this fall.

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Focus on Education
9:38 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Interim schools leader outlines strategy to Latino community

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie meets with members of Buffalo's Latino community at the Father Belle Community Center on the city's West Side where he outlined his short and long-term strategies for the troubled school district.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The new leader of the Buffalo Public School District has hit the ground running. Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie has already been meeting with members of the community with a packed calendar of appointments just weeks into his new role. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley profiles Ogilvie's strategy.

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Focus on Education
8:57 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Johns Hopkins wants out of partnership with East, Lafayette high schools

Outside Lafayette High School.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Johns Hopkins University wants to end its partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools at two failing city schools. 

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Focus on Education
10:18 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Union & teachers to shred Pearson tests in protest

NYSUT's protest poster
Credit Photo from NYSUT Website

Teachers from across the state will stage a protest tonight in Albany against a national testing company.  In this Focus on Education report  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says they will tear apart tests made by Pearson.


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Focus on Education
9:20 am
Fri August 8, 2014

State surplus could provide billions to education

Billy Easton, with Alliance for Quality Education, explains report showing schools are underfunded by billions of dollars.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Education funding advocates say they have a use for the recently announced $4.2 billion state surplus. They say schools in New York, particularly the state’s poorest schools, could really use  the money.

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Focus on Education
8:59 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Buffalo’s new academic chief discusses learning

Linda Cimusz will serve as Buffalo Public Schools Chief Academic Officer.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School's new chief academic officer will be digging into the many issues surrounding city schools. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asks the new school administrator about poverty and learning.


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Focus on Education
10:09 am
Thu August 7, 2014

School board infighting continues

Buffalo Board of Education meeting Wednesday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A special meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education turned into a bit of a chaotic session Wednesday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says once again there was plenty of controversy in a more than three-hour session.

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