WBFO Education Desk

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At least 100 students at City Honors High School walked out of class early Friday, in protest of planned teacher cuts at the Buffalo school.


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This week's deadly mass shooting at a high school in Florida, the 18th incident involving a gun on a school's grounds in the U.S. this year, is again raising questions about how other schools may prepare and react in the event trouble comes to their campus. WBFO spoke with a local defensive strategy trainer and a local longtime social worker to hear their thoughts.


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A legal fight between the Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation over a plan to transfer teachers from City Honors will return to court next week, when the district will file papers challenging a restraining order obtained by the BTF.


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After an afternoon protest and an evening school board meeting, the fight over pulling teachers out of City Honors School is in State Supreme Court again Thursday morning.

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Top Buffalo Public schools officials will be huddling Thursday morning to talk about the mass shooting in Florida and how it might affect active shooter plans in city schools.


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From the theater to a Kenmore East classroom, film scores are helping special needs students learn about classical music.

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Physical disabilities do not have to become barriers to obtaining a quality education.

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City Honors parents in Buffalo say planned teacher cuts at their school would cause a major disruption for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this all revolves around a dispute over non-teaching duties. She spoke to a parent, the city school district and Buffalo Teachers Federation. 

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is crying foul over a district decision to reduce the number of teachers at City Honors.

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A new program was launched Wednesday to reduce high teen pregnancy rates in Erie County.  HOPE Buffalo is in collaboration with United Way and the Erie County Health Department.

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Tapestry Charter School in north Buffalo remains on target to open a new K-through-five elementary school building this August.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the final steel beam was installed on the building Tuesday.   

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Niagara County emergency crews were called to Lewiston-Porter High School Tuesday morning.

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U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins has announced a federal grant of more than $11.54 million for Head Start programs in Western New York. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this will reach children who are being served in Community Action Organization (CAO) of Western New York classrooms in Erie and Niagara Counties. 

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Word has surfaced Friday that the Board of Trustees at Nichols School in Buffalo has agreed to change the name of the school's ice rink. 

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Are you interested in teaching in Buffalo schools? Can you start right away? Can you fill out an application today and potentially be available for an interview tomorrow? Buffalo Public Schools are in a hiring mood.


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Some Buffalo Public school parents say they believe the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is attempting to 'sabotage progress' in the city school district. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says members of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) have two major concerns.

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This weekend WNED is hosting KidFest. It will feature the popular PBS Kids character Daniel Tiger. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is being used in some preschool classrooms to help develop social and life skills.

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A Buffalo Public School was placed in lockdown Tuesday morning as City police searched for a report of a gun. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a lockdown occurred around 11:30 a.m. International Preparatory School at Grover on the city's west side. 

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The head of Buffalo's teachers union says results of a study on student behavior  are "disturbing" and "distressing."   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports on the survey results and has reaction from the district.  

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Electronic sports, known as eSports is gaining popularity on college campuses. eSports features multi-player video gaming competitions.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Daemen College in Amherst has a brand new eSports center and club as it considers it a possible part of athletics. 

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Brand new accusations surfaced in a Buffalo courtroom Thursday against a suspended McKinley High School principal. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has details.

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Over the last couple of years the Buffalo Public School District has been trying to hire more school bus aides.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the issue of school bus safety was the topic of a recent Buffalo Common Council Education committee session.

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Prosperity Fellows are at the Colored Musicians Club Thursday and touring the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor - talking to entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and other changemakers. It is part of an active effort to keep the people here who were educated in local colleges and universities.

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With the music of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the singing of the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir, the community remembered M&T Bank Chairman Robert Wilmers, who died in December at the age of 83.

A Snyder woman convicted of stealing nearly $30,000 from Oracle Charter School is going to jail.

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SUNY's new chancellor looks to clean energy for the future of its campuses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says that was one of four themes Chancellor Kristina Johnson outlined in her first State of the University System Address in Albany Monday.

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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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Students on the Daemen College campus now have the opportunity for far more than just classroom training in medicine – they’ve got a chance to have a hand in their own health care.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase in school aid of over three-quarters of a billion dollars, a rise of about 3 percent over last year, but some say that’s not enough to meet school districts’ rising costs.


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