WBFO Education Desk

The WBFO Education Desk is funded by KeyBank.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The University at Buffalo community and elected leaders gathered at the Slee Concert Hall on the north campus in Amherst Friday as UB President Satish Tripathi delivered his 7th State of the University Address. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there for the speech. 

First Student

Buffalo Public Schools and First Student say they are making a dent in the problem, but students should expect delays getting home on time until mid-November.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Although a new state law directs school districts to implement mental health curriculum's, some local districts involved with the Western New York Family Support Center Coalition have been addressing student mental health needs for years. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says mental health is the primary focus of this coalition.    

File Photo / WBFO News

Buffalo Public Schools say they are making headway in their chronic attendance problems among students, from kindergarten through high school.

UB Office of International Education

More than 600 UB students are studying overseas this year, as the university expands where they can study and recruits students to take advantages of the opportunity to learn other languages and other cultures.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Frontier Central School District is preparing to bring telemedicine into some of its schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it will begin as a pilot program to meet healthcare challenges.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new study finds one in three college freshman dealt with a mental health condition before arriving at college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to the leader of D'Youville College in Buffalo about how the school supports students with mental health concerns on campus.  

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

A city of Niagara Falls elementary school student brought a BB-gun to school Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says thanks to an observant student, the weapon was quickly discovered.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As social injustices continue across the globe, SUNY Buffalo State marks its 10th year of The Anne Frank Project. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the event brings one of the most memorable stories of Jewish victims of the Holocaust to educate new generations of college students about genocide and racism.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

For decades, the Grant Street entrance to Buffalo State was just kind of there, a walkway to parking lots. It is now going to be an entrance to the college's past and future.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

State-wide test results for students in 3rd through 8th grade show an increase in Math and English Language Arts scores.  The New York State Education Department (NYSED) released new numbers Wednesday. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, this year’s assessment scores can't be compared to last year's results.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

An on-going labor dispute between the Buffalo Public Schools and teachers union has heated up once again. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it involves some teacher transfers at City Honors School.   

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

There is a University at Buffalo connection to the Broadway tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The New Musical opens Friday event at Shea's Performing Arts Center.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the general manager of the tour is a UB alum.  

WBFO News photo

With the new mandated state law for mental health education in schools across New York State, we learned more about how two school districts implemented a mental health curriculum.  As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley leads a conversation with New York State Regent Catherine Fisher Collins, who represents Western New York; Michael Cornell, Superintendent of the Hamburg Central School District; and Mark Laurrie, Superintendent of the Niagara Falls City School District.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

First and second year medical students at the University at Buffalo were part of a panel discussion on the future of their industry on Wednesday, and the outlook is positive.


The start of a new school year has schools superintendents across the region paying extra attention to security procedures.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new school year is underway in the Buffalo Public School District.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district begins the start of school with very promising graduation rates.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District kicked-off a brand new school year Thursday. More than 30-thousand students attend city schools. City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash appeared with students at Leonardo Da Vinci High School on the D’Youville College Campus on Buffalo’s west side.  Cash has declared the 2018-19 school year as the “Year of Instruction.”

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Tapestry Charter School in north Buffalo is celebrating an expansion. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday for a brand new, three-story building to house students in kindergarten through 5th grade. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there for the opening as it also kicked-off a new school year.

Newfane Central Schools

Newfane Central Schools are beginning the new school year with a drastic cut in bus aides, but an increase in bus cameras.

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work is just a year away from launching a new doctoral degree program. But unlike its longstanding PhD program, the new degree will be taught fully online.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public school parents and community stakeholders are demanding all students have access to advanced placement courses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the city school district has new plans for allowing students to remote into some AP courses this fall. 


File Photo / WBFO News

The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization has announced a tentative agreement has been reached on a new contract between Buffalo Public Schools and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Pending approval by the Buffalo Board of Education and the NFTA Board of Commissioners, the BPTO says the contract includes "notable changes" in bus pass policy and accessibility.

WBFO file photo

The Democratic candidates for governor — incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon — have different views on spending money on the state’s schools.


WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

The NAACP collegiate chapter at SUNY Buffalo State has issued nine demands to improve the treatment of students, faculty and staff of color on campus.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college leader is working to address concerns.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Students from 16-Buffalo Public high schools proudly wore caps & gowns for a district-wide graduation ceremony at McKinley High School Friday morning.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is speaking out against a proposal to use federal dollars to buy guns for educators. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley got reaction when Commissioner Elia appeared in Buffalo Friday. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

It was ‘move-in’ day at SUNY Buffalo State Thursday. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says 1,750 freshmen are enrolled for the fall semester. 


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

While the Buffalo School Board does not decide if a new charter school starts in the city, there was visible pushback when Legends Charter appeared before the board for its mandated public hearing.

Twitter

There may be more drama and scheming going on off the school sports fields in Buffalo than on the fields. It is a mix of the long-running disputes beween the city school district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation and activists.

Pages