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Suffolk County teenager discovered an error on the state's math Regents exam.  But WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it took weeks for the New York State Education Department to admit the teen was right. 

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The long-anticipated hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino will begin in Albany this Thursday. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has called the hearing to review a request to remove Paladino. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to some citizens who are hoping to attend.  

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The Buffalo Public School District has experienced another gain in its graduation rate.   The New York State Education Department issued new rates from across the state. 

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has denied two requests for stays in the removal Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board. 

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There will be no changes for standardized tests for 3rd through 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics at least for the next couple of years. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and members of the Board of Regents announced Monday the length of those tests will remain at three days this and next school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the reaction.

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will be bringing her campaign to support teachers to the University at Buffalo Tuesday. Zimpher will be leading a public forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UB's at Hayes Hall on UB's South Campus. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is also expected to appear. Zimpher is hosting listening tours as part of TeachNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve the way teachers are prepared and address the teacher shortage. 

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Examining best practices and challenges for special education students in our region is the topic of a day-long seminar in Buffalo.  The 'Birth to Work Special Education Summit' is being held in the WNED/WBFO studio, featuring top New York State Education Department (NYSED) leaders.

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will be speaking at Daemen College in Amherst next week for the college's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. 

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New State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia reassured some local parents that a full review on Common Core tests is underway.

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The New York State Education Department released results Wednesday from the April 2015 math and English Language Arts assessments for grades 3-8. But ahead of the release, the Buffalo Public School District gave an indication about its results.

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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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The State Education Commissioner is directing the implementation of school receivership to begin for struggling and persistently struggling.   Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has identified 20-persistently struggling schools in 17-districts across the state. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says five of those schools are right here in Buffalo.


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The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

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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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The Buffalo Public Schools' graduation rate has improved, providing a glimmer of good news for the many failing city schools. New numbers were released by the New York State Board of Regents Monday. Buffalo's rate increased from nearly 48-percent in 2009 to 56-percent in 2013. 

Missing pages to statewide math assessments

May 2, 2014
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Some of the math tests being given to students as part of New York's annual statewide assessments are missing questions.  Thursday marked the second day of the annual three-day math assessments for students in grades three through eight in New York's nearly 700 school districts.

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Controversy is rising this week as some students opt out of the English Language Arts Assessment tests for third through 8th graders.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains why parents are so fired up over this issue.

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The COMMUNITY Charter School in Buffalo has lost its court battle to stay open. State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek on Thursday ruled in favor of a New York State  Education Department's (NYSED) motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the school.

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As early as next week some students will begin taking another round of tests under the new Common Core Standards.  3rd and 8th grade are scheduled to take the ELA's next week, followed by math next month.

Focus on Education: The future of Common Core

Feb 21, 2014
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The debate over the Common Core learning standards has recently sparked a great deal controversy with many giving input on what’s best for students. The final installment discusses what the future holds for Common Core.

Focus on Education: The rollout of Common Core

Feb 18, 2014
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All this week, WBFO’s Focus on Education is bringing you a series of stories about the Common Core learning standards. Our second installment takes a look at the rollout of the standards and why it appears New York State is leading the way.

Focus on Education: Why Common Core?

Feb 17, 2014
Eileen Koteras-Elibol

The Common Core Learning Standards in New York State have caused a great deal of confusion and controversy. All this week, WBFO's Focus on Education will be bringing you a series of stories about the new standards. The first installment explains where Common Core came from and why it was implemented.

Education forum in Buffalo tonight

Dec 12, 2013
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The New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King and Regent’s Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett will host an educational forum in Buffalo Thursday night.

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An educational forum took place at Jamestown High School Wednesday night. Hundreds of teachers and parents from across western New York got their chance to address concerns about Common Core testing standards with New York State Education Commissioner John King.