Focus on Education

Assemblymember Michael Kearns says he's skeptical of putting the Buffalo Public Schools under mayoral control.

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With little time left in the State Legislature session, it's not clear if there is time for any action on Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes' proposal to shut down the elected city school board and replace it with one appointed by the mayor.

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UB's Educational Opportunity Center educates 1,900 each year, with many of the students over the age of 25.  At commencement last week, the EOC honored a past graduate whose success has defied labels.

Kennedy makes his case for mayoral control of schools

May 22, 2015

Legislation that would bring mayoral control to Buffalo schools is creating controversy. While acknowledging the plan's many criticisms, State Senator Tim Kennedy argues the move would bring greater accountability to the city's struggling education system.

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The Cuomo Administration is making a final push as it calls on the state legislature to approve the Enough is Enough bill before the end of the session on June 17th.  This bill calls to combat sexual assault on all college campuses in New York.  It would implement measures already adopted by SUNY schools last year.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul for an in-depth discussion on the legislation.

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Medaille College in Buffalo has a new leader. Dr. Kenneth Macur has been selected to serve as the college's seventh president.

A near record number of school budgets were approved around the state in Tuesday’s vote. Many are attributing the relative lack of controversy to the three year old property tax cap that limits tax levy increases, as well as an increase in state aid.

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Some area high school students will participate in an education program that promotes leadership. The Captains Leadership Seminar was created by the head of the Buffalo FBI office. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Buffalo's FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Boetig. 

School budgets approved in Erie and Niagara counties

May 20, 2015
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School budgets across Erie and Niagara counties were approved Tuesday night as well as propositions in several districts. Voters also elected new School Board members in a few districts plagued by recent controversies.

School district voting across the region

May 19, 2015
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Residents in school districts throughout the region will decide on new school budgets, board members and propositions Tuesday.

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The leader of the North Tonawanda City Schools is working to maintain spending, while looking to add more challenging work for students. Teachers have been working without a new contract for the last four years. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with Superintendent Greg Woytila, who is about to complete his fifth year as district leader, overseeing 3,700 students.

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The Buffalo School Board is working on a very quick turnaround in collecting applications for a new superintendent. The filing deadline is June 5th.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the job posting and the reelection of Buffalo Teacher President Federation Phil Rumore.

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There is much debate and controversy about how to deal with high absenteeism and dropout rates in our schools, but we often don't hear directly from the students. On Tuesday at 3 p.m., WBFO 88.7 FM will rebroadcast "Focus on Education: Student Voices."

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The U.S. ambassador to Canada says the two countries are getting along well, in North America and around the world. Ambassador Bruce Heyman was at Niagara University last night to speak to the graduate commencement.

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What's probably going to be a very long fight over the financing system for New York charter schools went into State Supreme Court Thursday.

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A Buffalo Public School music teacher was recently honored by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Donna Kerr, who teachers at City Honors, was recognized for "Excellence in Music Education." The Buffalo School Board also honored Kerr Wednesday for her work. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley takes us inside Kerr's classroom, where she is an inspiration to her students.

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The Buffalo Public School District is teaming up with Say Yes Buffalo to provide summer programs for elementary school students.

The Buffalo school board kept busy Wednesday night, fighting through rancor and angry disputes to pass a budget while continuing the battle over how to find a new superintendent.

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For the first time the North Tonawanda City School District will be able to hire school counselors for elementary students.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the school is receiving a more than $1.17 million grant from the U.S. Education Department. 

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The Lancaster School District has a list of seven finalists as it continues to decide on a new mascot name to replace the controversial use of the "Redskins" name. 

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With last week's word that the Buffalo School board is getting ready to launch a search for a new superintendent, some say 'not so fast'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a state lawmaker and School board member say an outside firm should conduct the search.

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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is criticizing the Buffalo School Board's search for a new leader. Ryan held a news conference Monday morning at his Delaware Avenue office in Buffalo calling on the board to hire a consulting firm to conduct a national superintendent search. 

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As some school districts struggle to improve high school graduation rates, students talked candidly about distraction about teenage life.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley brings us part three of Focus on Education: Student Voices radio series reporting on those barriers to academic success.

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Some Buffalo Promise Neighborhood students learned about teamwork, a healthy diet and how to play a better game of basketball.  University at Buffalo Athletics and M&T Bank collaborated to the present 'Basketball 101' program. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this new program is a day-long mentoring and academic enrichment program for students.

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The Buffalo Public School District and the District Parent Coordinating Council agree that student suspensions remain a problem in city schools.

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Three area schools are among 11-private colleges and universities now supporting Governor Cuomo's proposal for sexual assaults on campus. The Governor's bill calls for a uniform protocol in preventing and responding to assaults at all campuses in the state.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with two local college officials about support of the bill.

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Members of the public and of the Common Council had a chance to sound off Thursday night about perceived problems in the city school system and in the proposed budget for next school year.

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11-private colleges and universities are now backing Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to require uniform protocols to prevent and respond to sexual assaults on campus. 

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Buffalo School Board members decided Wednesday night on a quick national search for a new superintendent, expecting there may be yet another interim superintendent with current Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie leaving June 30.

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The principal of Emerson High School has been in the center of the Buffalo School District's controversy of trying to select the next district leader. Principal James Weimer backed away from becoming school board's majority choice as the next superintendent. He faced personal attacks after word surfaced that his wife conducted legal work for board member Carl Paladino. As WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley reports Weimer pulled out of a public appearance Wednesday because of the turmoil.