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Caholic Diocese of Buffalo

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has a new Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Michael LaFever will succeed Sister Carol Cimino, who is retiring. He will assume the leadership post on June 29.

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Niagara Falls City High School students gave a World War two veteran a hero’s welcome Thursday.  WBFO’s senor reporter Eileen Buckley says the veteran delivered a historic lesson to the students.

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It was almost Old Home Week for the Buffalo School Board Wednesday night, as its seven members interviewed the first four candidates to fill the vacant Park District seat. All of the candidates had applied the last time the seat was open. One was even a former board member who served as president.

Audrey Browka

Canisius College and Erie Community College are partnering to offer student housing.

Charter School of Inquiry

The Charter School of Inquiry's Board of Trustees has appointed John Sheffield its new Head of School.

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Candidates for the Buffalo School Board's Park District seat will begin this afternoon at 4 p.m. This will be the second time in a year and a half interviews have been needed to fill the seat.

Karen DeWitt

Democratic candidate for governor and actor Cynthia Nixon came to the Capitol to talk about the need for more education aid and what she says are Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s failings in that policy area. Meanwhile, Cuomo’s campaign said it’s Nixon who is being inconsistent.


National Public Radio

The tangled and complex college admissions process can be influenced by family income, with lower-income families often succumbing to quick offers of admisssions and financial help, on the spot, at a college fair. A University at Buffalo researcher has been looking into how admissions work, to make the best decisions.

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Students at a Catholic grade school in Williamsville are working to raise funds to help a community in Sudan in need of clean water. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says St. Gregory the Great School held a symbolic 'Walk for Safer Water' to kick-off their fundraising effort.  

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union says they continue to review school safety.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says in wake of recent school shootings in the nation, the Buffalo Teachers Federation is hoping to work to make schools safer.


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Buffalo's renaissance may attract new companies and jobs to the area. But employers will likely have a hard time finding local residents to fill those jobs. A new report shows city schools are failing to provide students with some key courses.

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PBS Television kicked off The Great American Read Tuesday evening.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was also launched locally and you can participate.   

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The Buffalo Public School District approved a new contract last week for city school nurses, but the decision remains controversial. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Jay Rey discuss the issue in this week's Press Pass conversation.

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Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore is calling the city school district’s Teacher Transfer Process an "utter disaster". WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he's been calling on the district to fix the process since a year ago last June.

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The leader of Nichols School will be leaving after the next school year.  Bill Clough, Head of School at Nichols in Buffalo, has announced the 2018-19-school year will be his last.

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Once again the Buffalo Board of Education must fill the Park District seat.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the school board will be accepting new applications.

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The Buffalo Board of Education has approved a new company to supply nurses to city schools. But Kaleida Health, which lost its contract with the district plans to appeal. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to two city school board members about the controversial issue.

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A Buffalo School Board member says she resigned over the board's approval of a new school nursing contract. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Park District Board member Dr. Catherine Flanagan-Priore is not pleased with the way the board handled the process. 

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The Lancaster Central Schools are mourning the loss of one of their own. Eric Przykuta, 43, was killed over the weekend in what the school district is calling a "tragic fishing accident at the Small Boat Harbor.”

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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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