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As college students prepare to return to campuses in the next couple of weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new anti-hazing law Monday. It prohibits certain physical contact or requiring physical activity during an organization's initiating ceremony to prevent the deaths or serious injuries of students during fraternity pledging. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to a local couple who lost their son in fraternity hazing four years ago.  


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The continuing fight over how Buffalo Public School teachers become coaches is colliding with football players at one of the city's top schools.

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The District Parent Coordinating Council held an informational meeting in Buffalo Monday evening  to discuss the Buffalo School District's hiring policy for coaches.  In this week's Press Pass  WBFO's senior reporter and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey explain why the parent group is speaking out against the policy. They also discuss city student bus pass issue. 


Coding class wraps up for local New American students

Aug 10, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It was the last day of computer coding class Friday for dozens of teen girls, all of whom came to Buffalo as immigrants or refugees.


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With all the controversy and debate surrounding concussions and CTE for those playing contact sports, there are some surprising results from a UB study.  WBFO' senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the new report is claiming the CTE risk is not as prevalent as once thought.  

The state Education Department has announced it made an error in the distribution of some federal funding that favored the state’s charter schools over public schools.


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A new pilot program is aimed at preventing opioid and heroin addiction.  State Senator Chris Jacobs announced he has secured $50,000 in state funding to support a High School Ambassador Program in Buffalo Public high schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program will promote behaviors to avoid drug abuse. 


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With the explosion of the #MeToo movement there is a great deal of focus on addressing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, on campuses and in athletics. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the University at Buffalo's Athletics Department and Law School are teaming to host a conference this Friday at Hodgson Russ. 

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A very diverse group of young women is learning about computer coding over the next two weeks.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's a program designed for immigrant and refugee students.

Future East Side early childhood school receives $1M gift

Jul 26, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An early childhood education center expected to open this fall received a million-dollar boost Thursday. The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, an initiative formed to breathe new life into one of the city's underserved neighborhoods, announced that Delaware North Comnpanies and the Jacobs family are providing one million dollars to support the school through the next five years. 

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Children in one of Buffalo's most impoverished neighborhoods will celebrate graduation from the Seneca Street Summer Reading Camp.  A ceremony will be held Thursday for kindergarteners through 8th graders who attended. They will receive certificates and new backpacks filled with school supplies from the two-week camp. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited the program sponsored by the Seneca Street Community Development Corporation (SSCDC) at no cost to families. 

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The Hamburg Central School District is working to make sure students with mental health issues receive proper care. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says when the new school year begins in September, every staff member in the Hamburg school District will have received mental health first aid training.

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The importance of early childhood development has been outlined in a new 75-page report.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new alliance called Liftoff Western New York outlines critical trouble spots and goals to improve early childhood milestones in the report titled "Looking Toward the Future." 

St. Bonaventure University

When St. Bonaventure University first-year students begin classes next month, it will be different in a very key way. They will be the first students in the Southern Tier school's major expansion into health sciences.

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The U.S. Secret Service issued a report Thursday releasing guidelines to help schools prevent deadly shootings. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Secret Service is urging schools to set up 'threat assessment teams'.

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Canalside in downtown Buffalo was filled with young 'super heroes' Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says young children dressed as their favorite super hero to attend the Storytime Series that promotes reading.  

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D’Youville College in Buffalo is ready to embark on constructing a Health Professions HUB. D’Youville announced it is the recipient of a $5-million  HECap State grant.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the higher education grant will help kick off funding for the $20-million facility that will provide training to students in healthcare and include a community clinic for the undeserved.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions.

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The summer months are still busy times for school districts. This week in our Press Pass conversation WBFO’s Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey look at five items the Buffalo Public School District is working on for the next school year. 

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A new state law is taking effect in New York that requires schools to teach mental health to students in elementary, middle and high school.

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An experiment created by a team of students from one Western New York School is heading to the International Space Station. They were able to watch video of a launch carrying their work into space while on a trip to Washington, DC Friday morning. It was just one of the local creations included in the early-morning rocket launch.


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St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore has completed a “record-breaking” capital campaign. The school raised more than $20 million over the last five years. The campaign was to build the school’s endowment and strengthen its ability to provide needed financial aid and scholarships. And it is a successful end for the longtime leader of the school. Friday is president Robert Scott’s last day on the job. 

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Niagara Catholic junior-senior High School has closed in the city of Niagara Falls.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says financial factors and low enrollment led to the decision.

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Peace Of The City continues providing inner city youth with life, arts and social justice skills. One of its showcase events is Shakespeare Comes to (716).   WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal for a modern-day performance of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew at the Shea’s Smith Theatre, featuring a diverse cast and crew of 50-Buffalo teens.

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Say Yes Buffalo is holding its ‘Countdown to College’ kickoff. Say Yes Scholars have been attending a two-day event of workshops to prepare for navigating college.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of the keynote speakers who guides underserved students of color.


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Two local high school students will be performing in the 10th annual Jimmy Awards in New York City Monday eveing. They are among 80-high schoolers from 40-regional programs across the country to compete for Best Performance by an actor and actress. The local students emerged as top winners at the annual Kenny Awards at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, receiving Outstanding Actress and Actor awards.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the local nominees, Emily Kuhn from Tonawanda High School and Christopher Palumbo from Starpoint High School, to talk about their talents.

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Over the past ten years, the High Road Fellowship has brought Cornell University undergraduates to Buffalo as part of a program to give the students the experience of working for locally-based economic groups.

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Every school says it wants a qualified teacher in every classroom because it's often required by law. It doesn't always happen because there are shortages in some fields, like special education and science.


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Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore has selected a new leader of the all-girls Catholic high school.  Western New York native Katherine Spillman has been selected as the new principal.

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A Catholic elementary school in Williamsville is offering a round of new scholarships.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the goal is to provide affordability to private school education. 

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