Focus on Education

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Three members of the graduating class of Mount Saint Mary Academy in Kenmore want to pursue careers in the U.S. military. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with the young women to discuss their future endeavors and their thoughts on women in the military.

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Wednesday night’s meeting of the Buffalo School Board was not without its share of arguments. A vote on whether or not to offer condoms to high school students brought sex, disease, and morals to the table.

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Teachers at the Grabiarz School of Excellence say they are outraged at the Buffalo School District's plans to add more special education classes at their school. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley explains why the teachers believe it will disruptive and why the district needs to make the changes.

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In addition to Wednesday night’s Buffalo School Board meeting marking interim School Superintendent Donald Ogilvie’s departure, another member of the board finished out a term.

Legislature passes ECC budget with $300 tuition increase

Jun 25, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie Community College students will have to pay more for tuition next year. ECC's budget was passed Thursday by Erie County Legislators, but not until after lengthy debate on a motion to eliminate the tuition hike.

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Wegmans has announced that it is donating a $1.5 million gift to establish 'Wegmans Wonderplace' at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for early childhood learning.

The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report Wednesday, suggesting the treatment of transgender youth in public schools needs to be reformed.

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The Carousel Academy in Lancaster and North Tonawanda  is looking for new students to join it new science and nature classes.  As WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the pre-school is teaming with the Buffalo Science Museum and Tift Nature Preserve.

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At what started out as a relatively orderly meeting of the Buffalo School Board Wednesday night, board members voted to appoint an interim superintendent. Current Associate Superintendent for Human Resources Darren Brown will take over for outgoing interim Donald Ogilvie on July 1.

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The Buffalo School Board is expected to name a new interim superintendent at tonight's meeting.  That leader will replace outgoing interim leader Don Ogilvie and the hold the district over as the board selects a new superintendent.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with Ogilvie at his City Hall office as he wraps up his work for the city school district.

The push for mayoral control of the Buffalo Public Schools is over, at least for the time being.

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Parents of students in grades sixth through 12th grade, who are experiencing speech difficulties, are encouraged to sign up for a Articulation Boot Camp.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says UB's Communicative Disorders and Sciences is currently screening for the program.  She sat down with the director of an 'Articulation Boot Camp' that opens next month to correct speech impairments.

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As lawmakers return to Albany to wrap up the legislative session the dean of the the local delegation says there's little support for giving Mayor Byron Brown control of the struggling Buffalo Schools.

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Daemen College in Amherst is receiving a nearly half-a-million dollar state grant to create a new  Graduate Studies Technology Center. 

New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer appeared at Daemen Monday for a news conference to announce that he secured the funding.

The time limit on veterans' education benefits would be eliminated under a bill proposed by Rep. Brian Higgins, who says veterans who put their lives on the line should have flexibility when seeking an education.

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Though it's been days since meeting President Obama in the Oval Office, UB Professor of Chemistry Dr. Luis Colon is still wondering, "Did this really happen?" Colon's work has earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation has delivered 35,000 free books to city school students.  It's part of a national program called 'First Book'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley was at BEST PS#6 as books arrived for some of the youngest students.

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The Buffalo Board of Education has agreed to move forward with background checks on nine of the 20 candidates who applied for the superintendent post. 

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A hands-on history lesson was delivered to a group of Buffalo city school students Wednesday.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the William Grabiarz School of Excellence was one of five schools selected during an Upstate visit.

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In making a million dollar investment, officials at Holland Central believe they will be the first area school district to equip all students and teachers with iPads and keyboards. "I firmly believe that our kids have to be at the top of their game," said Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos.

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The U.S. Secretary of Education has recognized the Lancaster Public School District for changing the former Redskins nickname. 

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union is calling a proposed contract from the city school district 'absurd.'  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the district has issued a new contract offer to the Buffalo Teachers Federation. 

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Newly named State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has deep connections in the Buffalo region. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss Elia's background. Lankes said Elia is a 'reformer who gets results'.

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More than 1,000 Buffalo school children are participating in a free, after-school soccer program. 'Soccer for Success' provides physical activity and nutritional lessons to city kids. 

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Historians from across the state are bringing their knowledge to the Western New York area this week. Museum employees, archivists, librarians, and more will take part in the 36th annual conference on New York State History at Niagara University from Thursday, June 18th, to Saturday, June 20th. The three-day event aims to draw many teachers to the table, as their participation may be key to the state’s future.

In most years, Buffalo school officials have talked more about layoffs than hiring. But this year, the district has started its search for new teachers for the next school year even before this year's classes end for the summer.

ECC opens one-stop Student Success Center

Jun 12, 2015
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Erie Community College officials cut the ribbon Friday, officially opening the new City Campus Student Success Center. 

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The East Aurora Union Free School District has moved to the top slot in Business First's academic rankings. This is the first time East Aurora has moved to first place, knocking out longtime leader Williamsville.

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The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading program Wednesday. The event encourages children to continue their reading while on summer break.

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A program continues to rescue students who are 'at-risk' of dropping out at some of Buffalo School District's lowest performing schools.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of those students who was enrolled in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program.