Lockport City School District

A 13-year-old has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, in connection with a threat against North Park Junior High School last week.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the county is doing pretty well: jobs are up and county agencies are showing how well they can help members of the public. However, delivering his annual State of the County address Thursday, he said more needs to be done.

After Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a "harder target" — for example, by arming teachers. But there's a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn't point to more guns.

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Special license plates to raise money for armed guards in schools are part of a package of legislation passed by the Republican-controlled New York State Senate.

National Public Radio

With pressure from President Trump for teachers to be armed in the wake of the school massacre in Florida, there is also increasing pressure for armed college professors with the dorm shootings at Central Michigan University.

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President Trump's suggestion that schools would be safer with more armed teachers did not draw support from at least two people who have expertise on the subject.

A report issued recently by Buffalo's teachers' union found disruptive behavior to be a major problem in city classrooms. But the situation appears to be even worse north of the border. In Ontario, some troubling numbers are being disclosed about growing violence against teachers.

When Ruby Bridges was five years old, she was the only student in her New Orleans school because a judge had ordered the school integrated and white parents pulled out all of their children. The woman who was the subject of a legendary Norman Rockwell painting going to school guarded by white U.S. Marshals spoke at Niagara University Wednesday evening.


The office of the New York State Comptroller has released the results of a study that examined stress factors on the state's school districts, and some Western New York schools were tagged for significant stress.

East Aurora's school district is under significant fiscal stress, according to a report issued Thursday by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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State lawmakers and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn are pushing for changes in the laws related to the reporting of child abuse following allegations of decades of inappropriate behavior by faculty at Nichols School.

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At Wednesday's Buffalo School Board meeting, the long struggle over getting more minority and women-owned businesses among the vendors to the district system turned into a discussion about using student labor.

"The federal government must take bold action to address inequitable funding in our nation's public schools."

So begins a list of recommendations released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent, bipartisan agency created by Congress in 1957 to investigate civil rights complaints. Thursday's report comes after a lengthy investigation into how America's schools are funded and why so many that serve poor and minority students aren't getting the resources they say they need.

Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the New York State Legislature met Wednesday to hear a very long State of the State message about the issues affecting their political perspective and their districts.

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After a fight over the condition of the building, Buffalo's Common the Council has approved a lodging house license for a building on Chippewa Street with a history of bad conditions. However, the delay led to changes.

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American schools often demonstrate racial inequality with less money to help those who need the most. That was a topic Thursday night in the symposium "A New Racial Literacy for Educational Equity" at Canisius College.

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As Buffalo Public Schools near the start of the long process for admission to the city's criteria school next year, the district is asking city residents to come up with ideas for improving racial and ethnic diversity in the schools.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The finances of Buffalo Public Schools wound up last fiscal year $18 million better than expected, although still a deficit.

Students at seven school districts in New York State will have access to free eye exams and glasses this month.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo Public Schools are chipping away at the vast costs of health insurance for current employees and retirees, saving millions of dollars.

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New York education leaders have tweaked and renamed the Common Core learning standards in response to criticism over the way they were written and implemented.

Another school year, another teacher shortage

Sep 11, 2017
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As schools across New York welcome students back for another year, they continue to grapple with the ongoing teacher shortage. The inability to find qualified applicants for certain subjects has left many districts without certified teachers.

New York State

It is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, yet many people have no idea what sepsis is. That is why the Rory Staunton Foundation and New York State Education Department have created a first-in-the-nation sepsis prevention curriculum that is available to health educators across the state.

Niagara Falls City School District

For eight years, a case has wandered through New York's court system: impoverished small cities suing Albany, saying the state's system for allocating school aid is not fair to them. The districts and their lawyers are not giving up, appealing a dismissal of their cases.

Eileen Elibol

The Democratic primary election for Buffalo Mayor is Tuesday and the tension in the race seemed to make Wednesday night's debate in the WNED|WBFO studio a little angrier.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A large group of parents and residents from around Windermere Boulevard Elementary School turned out Tuesday night to support the school in the wake of racist graffiti being found on some playground equipment.

Emporia, Kansas is home to rolling prairies, wheat fields, and the world's biggest frisbee golf tournament.

But the reason we went there: the National Teacher Hall of Fame, which gives the place it's most revered title, Teacher Town USA.

In 1989 the members of the Emporia local school board and Emporia State University asked, 'Why doesn't anyone honor teachers?'

To fill the void, they created the museum and hall of fame, where the top five teachers in the nation are honored every year. To be eligible, you must have taught for 20 years or more.

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Buffalo Public Schools may have as few as four high school football teams this fall, as the district grapples with a changing population that is more interested in soccer.

When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

Jul 17, 2017

Raising teenage girls can be a tough job. Raising black teenage girls as white parents can be even tougher. Aaron and Colleen Cook knew that when they adopted their twin daughters, Mya and Deanna.

As spring came around this year, the girls, who just turned 16, told their parents they wanted to get braided hair extensions. Their parents happily obliged, wanting Mya and Deanna to feel closer to their black heritage.

Canal NY

This Fourth of July, New York is not only celebrating the nation's independence, but a 363-mile waterway that helped bring economic independence to Buffalo and other cities across the state. Begun on July 4, 1817, the Erie Canal opened in its entirety in 1825 - and a variety of events are planned over the next several years to celebrate this engineering marvel. WBFO's Marian Hetherly got into the bicentennial spirit by sitting down with Erie Canal historian and teaching artist Dave Ruch