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Carefully avoiding saying the words "Donald Trump," education activists Tuesday night said they are standing up for all children, no matter their race, origin, gender or national origin. The event was at Lafayette High School, where leaders reaffirmed safety, acceptance and diversity.

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Some of the most successful Buffalo Public School students are refugees from across the globe. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says for the fourth year in a row, a refugee student at Lafayette High School is the winner of the very prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

 

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Details and budgets are still being worked out but the rough outlines of the futures of Lafayette and East High Schools were approved by the school board Wednesday night.


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Along with major efforts to improve some of Buffalo's most-troubled schools, the district is also expanding its programs for special groups of students.


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With a month to go before classes start, supporters of Lafayette High School turned out Wednesday to defend the school, which is slated for closure.


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The New York State Education Commissioner is being asked to prevent the closing of four Buffalo schools.  State Assembly members Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Sean Ryan were joined by Western New York Regents representative Catherine Collins outside Lafayette High School in Buffalo on Wednesday.

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Despite language barriers, one of the many refugee students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo has successfully completed his four years. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the student, who created a powerful self-portrait in his art class displaying the strife he left behind in his home country and the difficulties he experienced while living in Buffalo.


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The Buffalo Board of Education meets in special session Friday morning to decide the fate of four failing city schools.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the board is meeting to consider the phase-in and request for space proposals.


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The Buffalo School Board is expected to decide this week on final plans for four failing city schools. But earlier this week the board's majority aidd it will not act on the proposed plans for those schools unless it is able to negotiate a new contract with the Buffalo Teachers Federation. 

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The Buffalo School Board will be deciding the fates of four failing city schools Wednesday evening. School Board members are expected to vote on the redesign plans for Bennett High School, Lafayette High School, East and MLK School.

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Interim Buffalo School Superintendent Don Ogilvie says the school district has a Friday deadline to submit a round of proposed turnaround plans for four failing city schools to prevent closure by the New York State Education Department.

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Supporters of public schools protested outside the Buffalo school board meeting room Wednesday.

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With Lafayette High School under orders from Albany to close because of poor test scores, the school is proposing a re-structuring of itself.

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As Governor Cuomo has turned his attention to how the state would deal with Ebola, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared in Buffalo Friday campaigning against charter schools, Common Core and Fracking. 

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

Similar troubles within the Buffalo Public School District are happening in other districts across the country. The Buffalo News has been launching a series of stories that look at how a district in New York City is tackling low-graduation rates at an international school. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan who traveled to Brooklyn to learn about a teaching model for English Language Learners.

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A unique partnership has unfolded between the University at Buffalo and Lafayette High School. The Buffalo Partnership Project: A Common Core Collaborative is generating new learning methods for teachers as they instruct many of the refugee and immigrant students at Lafayette. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley explores how this effort is aiding one of the city's six failing schools.

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If the State Legislature approves the Assembly's budget increase for education aid -- it could mean more funding for Buffalo Public Schools. 

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Just before the Friday deadline, officials from Buffalo and New York State reached a tentative agreement that will keep two Buffalo high schools open.

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Supporters of East and Lafayette High Schools are demanding State Education Commissioner John King come to their schools to see they are succeeding, not failing.

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Albany has rejected reform plans for four Buffalo schools, arguing the paperwork isn't right. Education Commissioner John King has given the district until 5 p.m. Friday to make the applications conform to what the department wants.

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The Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night approved a turnaround plan for two failing high schools. The board voted 8-1 to move ahead with using Johns Hopkins as the educational partnership organization for Lafayette and East High Schools. 

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Two state assembly members from Buffalo are demanding answers from state Education Commissioner John on his mandate to the city's school district.

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The Buffalo school board held the second of its two public meetings over the future of East and Lafayette High Schools Wednesday night at Lafayette.

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In a meeting Monday night marked by several hours of technical problems, there was a clear message to Albany: leave East High School alone.

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The first of two community meetings will be held tonight in Buffalo's East High School about Education Commissioner John King's plan for turning around East and Lafayette High. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, at least one state lawmaker is concerned with King's mandate.

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It looks as if students from two troubled Buffalo high schools will be going to the suburbs for their vocational training. Citing their dismal graduation rates, State Education Commissioner John King is calling for drastic change at East and Lafayette high schools.

The Buffalo Public Schools District received word from the State Education Department Thursday that it would approve improvement grants for six city schools.

The Education Department says it approved six of seven school improvement grants, but only if the district is able to reach agreement with on a teacher evolution plan with the Buffalo Teachers Federation by July 1.

"We are the adults in this city, every one of us, and the only people being hurt by this are the kids in this city," said interim Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon.

A  unity rally was held at Lafayette High School on Saturday in support of the school.

Lafayette has been identified as one of the under-performing schools in the Buffalo District. Students, parents, teachers and community activists all came together to celebrate what is hoped to be a positive future for the school. School Principle Naomi Cerre claims that actions underway are brightening the school's outlook.