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University at Buffalo undergraduate students have been participating in a literacy training program at a Buffalo Public School. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they are teaching students from around the globe how to read in English.

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The Hamburg Central School District has unveiled the first in a series of promotional videos designed to allow the schools to ‘tell their story’.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this project is to create a ‘Culture of Kindness’ in the Hamburg schools. 

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Niagara University and the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center are coming together to train a new generation of nurses. It's an initiative both sides believe will also play a part in the Cataract City's broader social and economic development.


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The Niagara Falls City Schools superintendent is being recognized for promoting mental wellness for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State Office of Mental Health honored the Falls city school leader Tuesday in Albany.

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The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would protect students from sexual abuse.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this bill calls to close a loophole preventing private schools from reporting abuse and will require training. 

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz took his study recommending some school district mergers to save on management costs to North Collins Monday night, suggesting merging Eden and North Collins.

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Students at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore tackled a difficult mental health issue through a stage play performed this past weekend.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students wrote, directed, composed music and choreographed the two act musical called 'Army of One' with all proceeds going to a veteran organization. 


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The SUNY Board of Trustees has revoked two honorary degrees given to comedian and actor Bill Cosby and former Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the board vote Thursday in favor of rescinding the honors.

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Minority students across Erie County would do better in school if they saw more teachers who look like them in the classroom or in the halls. That was the topic during the The Education Trust-New York town hall forum on Education Diversity in Buffalo and Erie County Thursday evening in the WNED|WBFO studios.


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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.

Buffalo Public Schools

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.

Buffalo Public Schools

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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