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Big changes are going on at academically troubled BUILD Academy as it transitions to BUILD Community School.

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The lack of teacher diversity in Buffalo and Erie County will be presented Thursday evening in a town hall forum.  The Education Trust - New York is hosting the event along with WNED/WBFO and the Center for Urban Education at Canisius College.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says having a teacher of color could be make a big difference for a  student’s education experience. 

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With the planned Emerson Two hospitality high school in Buffalo well over a year behind schedule, it took a big leap Wednesday night as the lease for a site was approved by the school board.

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The Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation will be meeting Monday, April 30th at 2 p.m., in an attempt to resolve an on-going dispute at City Honors School.


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Buffalo Public Schools prepare 28,000 lunches, 25,000 breakfasts and 5,000 snacks a day. Activists are calling for legal changes to allow greater variety in school food and easier ways to buy food produced locally.

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As part of a national survey, 12,000 Buffalo Public School students were queried about life as they see it, in school and in their home neighborhoods. The results may be surprising.


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More than two months after the Parkland, Florida school shootings, students in Buffalo and across the nation continue to demand action from their elected leaders.

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A national motivational speaker visited students at Kenmore West High School Wednesday for an anti-bullying event. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students learned about how to 'build emotional resilience'. 

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Since the Parkland, Florida school shooting there has been a high demand for Mental Health First Aid training in our community.  As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a Mental Health First Aid session at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.

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Buffalo Public Schools were hoping for a substantial increase in state school aid for the upcoming school year, but did not get as much as hoped. In fact, it received the smallest increase of any of the state's Big Five school districts. That means the district is looking at a projected deficit of $16 million, which includes $20 million already taken from reserves.

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A longtime peace activist in Buffalo is very proud of the recent activism by Western New York students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Western New York Peace Center is part of the current "Never Again" movement to stop gun violence.

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The leader of the Mental Health Association of New York State says the recently adopted state budget provides a 'mixed bag' of funding for programs.  But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us it does provide state dollars to help schools launch mental health curriculums.

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It has been more than ten years since the Virginia Tech campus shootings, but the issue of mass school shootings remains at the forefront with recent events in Parkland, Florida.  A new play opens at Shea’s Smith Theatre in Buffalo Thursday evening, April 12th, called “Lit 401: A School Shooting in One Act”. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this play will depict an active shooter on stage and provide a talk-back conversation with the audience. 

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Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino has not given up his legal fight in an attempt to return to the Buffalo Board of Education. Meanwhile, a status conference will be held April 23rd in a courtroom on Paladino's federal civil rights lawsuit against the Board of Education. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey explore the issue in this week's Press Pass conversation.  

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The stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center is all a buzz, but it's not a new show. The 13th annual Colvin Cleaners Gowns for Prom is underway until Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says area high school students, unable to afford a prom dress can select one free of charge.  

YAWNY.org

Founded in 1962, Young Audiences of Western New York's mission is to make the arts a part of young people's lives, primarily through work with the schools located throughout the region's eight counties. "If we had to take art out of our schools, I think they would lose an energy and a life that brings kids alive," said Michael Weidrich, the agency's recently-named Executive Director.


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Buffalo Public school parents are being asked to say 'Yes to the Test'.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council, educators, community advocates and High Achievement New York are urging students in grades 3-8 to take next week's ELA state assessment.

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Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins met with a group of local, suburban high school students to discuss gun reform. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was allowed to listen-in to part of the session and talked with the students.

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Buffalo Public Schools have added so many immigrants to the student population, the district now has 84 languages spoken in the hallways and 125 teachers have been added to work with these students.

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The long-time principal at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore has announced her retirement, saying she's wants to spend more time with her family. Dawn Riggie will be leaving after serving 25-years at the all-girls, Catholic high school. WBFO’s senior reporter met with Riggie to talk about her work and the strength of the school. 

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There is a private high school in downtown Buffalo tucked inside a former Delaware Avenue mansion.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says The Buffalo Academy of Scholars is allowing students to customize their learning. 


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Two Buffalo-area colleges, one of them a two-year public institution and the other a four-year private school, are uniting in a partnership to provide a smooth path to a bachelor's degree for students with military connections.


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The Buffalo School Board Wednesday night celebrated East High School's men's basketball team winning a state championship and was praised for taking a big step toward major improvements in district athletic facilities.

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The Buffalo School Board is trying to fire the principal of Discovery School 67, but supporters turned out in large numbers Wednesday night to fight the decision.

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says with another high school shooting occurring in Maryland Tuesday, it's time to take action. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Flynn announced the School Critical Incident Initiative during the annual Safe Schools conference hosted by the University at Buffalo at the Center for the Arts in Amherst Tuesday.


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Five area school districts recently participated in mental health workshops.  As part of our Mental Health reporting Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says educators were given information about identifying signs and symptoms of mental health issues. 

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Mayor Byron Brown says the city continues lending a hand to help make Buffalo Public schools safe for students. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports, the mayor is not in support of arming city school teachers.

Say Yes

Federal policy changes have put Say Yes to Education scholarships in peril.

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A large majority of students at the Leonardo Da Vinci High School in Buffalo walked out of class Wednesday morning. They protested for 17-minutes as part of the national movement against gun violence and to honor the lives lost in the Parkland, Florida school shootings last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley covered the protest and asked students what's next?

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Buffalo Public students at the Leonardo Da Vinci High School participated in the national 'walk-out' against gun violence. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students held a peaceful and respectful protests to send a message to congress.

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