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A Buffalo Public School will once again see a student science project head into orbit next year. Western New York STEM Hub announced the winner of its Space Contest. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with winning student-research team from The International Preparatory School. 

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An Orchard Park assisted living facility is making sure there are plenty of holiday entertainment events for residents this month. Nardin Academy elementary students performed this week before a large crowd of residents at Orchard Heights on Chestnut Ridge Road. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Nardin senior choir delivered a special holiday concert.  


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New York State Regent Catherine Collins, who represents the Western New York region, is calling for more intervention to help districts better handle suspensions of black students. A statewide report on student suspensions was issued earlier this week. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Collins is calling it a "critical area" of concern. 

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Black students at Buffalo Public Schools are twice as likely to be suspended as white students. That is according to results of a new report issued Monday by The New York Equity Coalition.  Niagara Falls City School rates also have high rates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction from both districts.


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Two newly opened charter schools in Buffalo received a funding boost Monday. Evans Bank delivered a total of $250,000 as the bank’s ‘signature community education’ investment in supporting the schools “Building Excellent School’s” program’s.   

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There is an increase in the number of enrolled students from underrepresented groups attending UB's medical school this semester.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with some of those students to discuss the upswing. 


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A new anti-bullying book debuts in Buffalo Friday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a local book, authored by New York State Regent Catherine Collins of Buffalo.

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More college students are being treated for mental health issues.  That is according to a study recently published by the American Psychiatric Association.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says depression and anxiety are high among college students. 

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A new report finds 29-percent of school superintendents across New York State said their school districts lack enough school psychologists to help students with mental health needs.  Surveys were issued to superintendents and school psychologists from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSBA) and the New York Association of School Psychologists. The report is titled Of Sound Mind: Do schools have enough mental health support staff to meet student need?

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The deadline to apply to attend a Buffalo Public School is this Friday, December 7th.  One Buffalo parent recently hit a snag, but as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, the school district has made important changes. 

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An elementary school in the Williamsville Central School District has a mental health team in place. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently met with the group of teachers to discuss how they are working to meet the needs of their students. 

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Students and staff at Niagara Falls City High School were placed in a brief lockdown late Thursday morning.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was issued as precautionary measure. 

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More than 100-educators from across the eight counties of Western New York gathered at the Teaching to Change the World Conference held at Erie One Boces in West Seneca. It was presented by The Summer Institute for Human Rights of Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says educators learned about human rights.     

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A Buffalo Public School is the first in the city to launch a Book Vending Machine. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at the Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61 tossed a token and made a book selection.


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The Hamburg Central School District is mourning the loss of a kindergarten student. 5-year-old James Walsh was accidently struck by a vehicle as his father was backing out of the driveway on Thanksgiving Day.

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An anti-bullying organization continues gaining ground with its work at area schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says in just over a year the Devin's Message Foundation has been attracting national help to stop student bullying.   

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra delivered an special holiday concert for students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf Wednesday morning at the school on Main Street. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this was the 32-year the BPO performed at the school.

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Say Yes Buffalo is providing another support that will help students prepare for careers while in college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the organization received a $250,000 grant from The Citi Foundation to help students gain access to internship programs. 

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Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas wants to ease the burden of college costs for some students. Thomas appeared Tuesday morning with his wife Patti Thomas and SUNY ECC president Dan Hocoy on the downtown campus, announcing a new collaboration to provide scholarships for disadvantage students.

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The Canisius College athlete, who had a GoFundMe page set up to assist her with college expenses, said she's decided to stop receiving donations. Emily Scheck, 19, said she was disowned by her parents after they learned she is gay.

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo has announced it received a $1 million gift. It is the largest single donation in the school’s history.

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Art educators from across the state wrapped up a three-day conference in downtown Buffalo Sunday. The New York State Art Teachers Association Conference (NYSATA) celebrated their 70th anniversary. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with some of the art educators about challenges and their work in the classroom. 

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One of the first major decisions made by the new leadership team at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute was made last week.  St. Joe's will be dropping Regents from its future curriculum.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently sat down with the new president and principal to discuss their mission.

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For the first time in UB Bulls football history the team is 9 and 1. The Bulls kick-off against Ohio at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the UB Bulls received a spirited send-off Tuesday from Dodge Elementary School students in Williamsville. 

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Some area high school students from the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls participated in a small focus group in our WNED/WBFO studio.  This student focus group is part of our Corporation for Public Broadcasting Education Innovation Planning grant. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students described mental health challenges.  

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A private, all-boys Catholic high school is dropping the state Regents curriculum.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Tonawanda will be phasing out the use of Regents exams.  

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Earlier this week the New York State Board of Regents announced that it would extend the moratorium on linking teacher evaluations to standardized test scores, but the New York State Education Department must return a proposal. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the extension is for another year through the 2019-20-school year. 

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Historically young voters don't show up at the polls for mid-term elections. But today is a very different election climate. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a younger generation of voters on ECC's North campus in Amherst. 

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Lockport High School drama students are tackling the tough topic of mental illness. They're performing in the play David and Lisa Friday and Saturday evening at the high school. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this play is based on a 1962 movie. 

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One of the important missions of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo is to 'stand up for children'. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the agency represents more than 5,000 children each year and makes education advocacy a priority. 

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