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A Buffalo charter school hopes it will get the green light  Monday evening to move forward with an $11 million expansion project on its North Buffalo campus.


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He has the task of lifting many underperforming centers within Buffalo Public Schools. But new superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash sees a potential model for success within one of the district's most unique schools.


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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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There are several barriers students say prevent them from academic success.  From peer-pressure to difficult family and home environments to bullying and navigating their social media accounts.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley continues with our 'Focus on Education: Student Voices' series high school students from charter, suburban and private schools reveal their stresses. 


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There are many factors in a student's life affecting their academic performance. WBFO and WNED-TV recently hosted more than 40 students from 13 area high schools to talk about their education. WBFO's Eileen Buckley brings us the first installment of 'Focus on Education: Student Voices,' a radio series leading up to our May 18 televised broadcast. 

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The leader of the state's largest teachers union is boldly calling on parents to "opt out" of standardized testing.

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After-school programs can help ensure a brighter future for children, according to advocates who spoke at a legislative breakfast held at the JFK Community Center on Hickory Street.

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The education of children across this region has taken center stage in 2014, with attention on the rigorous Common Core Learn standards to boosting graduation rates. WBFO's Eileen Buckley complied an audio postcard of the various education stories our news team covered this past year as part of our Focus on Education reporting. 

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An “Education Action Symposium” began Friday night and ran through noon Saturday at Buffalo’s Waterfront Elementary School.

Parents and families of Buffalo Public School students got an opportunity to learn and engage in their child’s education, Saturday. 

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Buffalo teachers have been without a new union contract for the last 12 years. But over the past decade there has been a major change in education. In this Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Tiffany Lankes about planned negotiations between the Buffalo School District and teachers union.

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When it comes to the State University of New York at Fredonia, most people think of the arts and education.  But with today’s opening of a new science building, that’s about to change.

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Buffalo Police are investigating attempted abductions of city children that started on October first.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says police have beefed up patrols outside Buffalo Public Schools and the school district is ramping up awareness with students and parents.

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High school students and parents in the Williamsville Central School District listen to a powerful and tragic story about distracting driving, all caused by a cell phone. In this Focus on Education report  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on how a nationally known speaker visited Williamsville North, South and East High Schools. 


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A major anti-bullying effort continues for another season in Buffalo. The month-long 'Bullying Stops Here' campaign was kicked off Friday at the downtown Central Library. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on how city school students participated in the event.

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As the Buffalo Public School District works to improve its failing schools debate is growing over the strength of charter schools. In this Focus on Education interview WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan.  The News continues its 'Fix Buffalo Schools' series Sunday. It explores the success of the Charter Schools for Applied Technologies and next Sunday will examine student success at the Tapestry Charter School -- two top charter schools in Buffalo.

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The Buffalo Public School District is considering a free condom distribution plan.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says this is in response to troubling data youth behavior.

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While many schools require State Regents testing a local Catholic high school provides college preparatory training without Regents. In this Focus on Education interview WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with the president of Canisius High School in Buffalo learning about the school's core value diversity.

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The Buffalo Public School District continues its probe into how a kindergarten student at Public School 82 managed to walk out of the building unnoticed. The principal has since been placed on paid leave.

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College and university officials from across the region shared best practices Friday on how to prevent sexual assaults and rapes on campus. 

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Say Yes Buffalo is expanding its college tuition scholarship program and has added new colleges and universities partners.   Students attending the Charter School for Applied Technologies middle school in Buffalo are now eligible to receive scholarships to college. 

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The Niagara Falls City School District has made an impressive investment to implement STEM programs in every one of its schools. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley toured the Niagara Falls High School were students were breaking in brand new STEM labs for learning.

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Many questions surround how a five year old special education student in Buffalo was able to leave his school building unnoticed.

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It's a new era at SUNY Buffalo State as a new president has taken the helm. Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner previously served as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Hood College in Maryland. She also served as provost at  SUNY Geneso.

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State Education Commissioner John King continued on his fall school tour Thursday with a stop in Western New York.  King began the day at the Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School in the city of Niagara Falls.

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The Girl Scouts of Western New York continues to guide and educate young women on leadership. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the Girl Scouts headquarters on Walden Avenue in Depew learning the organization serves 20,000 girls across the region.

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A new program, funded through a federal grant, will work to encourage local high school students to seek careers in genetics and genomics. Rep. Brian Higgins appeared with University at Buffalo leaders Monday to announce a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Some Buffalo Public School students recently participated in the 'Community as Classroom' program. The University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies used the Fruit Belt and other distressed city neighborhoods as a virtual classroom. 

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The Buffalo Public School District has issued letters to parents offering information about a new respiratory virus that is affecting some children in the Buffalo region. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the letter is not to alarm, but inform school parents.

 

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A  former catholic grade school, closed by the Diocese of Buffalo, has re-opened as a pre-school.  New students celebrated a ribbon cutting at St. Bernadette Early Childhood Academy on South Abbott Road in Orchard Park.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the young students were excited, but some parents remain angry at the Diocese for closing the elementary school.

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