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Burgard High School in Buffalo has new opportunities to train for advanced manufacturing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a grand opening Friday of the school's new welding, auto and machine tool labs. 

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A national group of scholars is calling for 'prevention' over 'reaction' in wake of the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a University at Buffalo expert who has joined the national 'call for action' to prevent gun violence.

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The Buffalo School Board Wednesday talked about trying to change meetings so they work better and end earlier, but it turned into a couple of shouting matches.

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As the fight over transferring teachers out of City Honors slow-walks through the court system, the Buffalo School Board on Wednesday was briefed on why 5.5 teachers being transferred out requires 16 teacher aides to replace them.

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A new LGBTQ children's book is helping teach young children about love and acceptance of others. "The Boy with the Rainbow Heart" is now in two local school districts Buffalo and Cheektowaga.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the author and his sister who inspired the book.

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With pressure from President Trump for teachers to be armed in the wake of the school massacre in Florida, there is also increasing pressure for armed college professors with the dorm shootings at Central Michigan University.

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St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore announced the hiring of a new principal.  Alumnus James Spillman, St. Joe’s class of 1995, will begin his new post July 1.

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Two Niagara Falls City School students were suspended for carrying a BB gun with them on the way to school Tuesday. The third graders attend Abate Elementary School.  A concerned parent notified the school.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the issue of school safety continues to be debated in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shootings. 

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February 27 was the original target date to transfer five and a half teachers out of City Honors School, but the issue is held up in court.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a labor dispute has not been resolved between the Buffalo Public School District and teachers' union.

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There is a call to hire armed security guards at ALL schools in the state.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Cattaraugus County Sheriff, New York State Assemblyman Joseph Giglio and the Randolph Central School District Schools Superintendent are calling for changes.

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The leader of the state's teachers union says arming teachers with guns will not make schools safer.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State United Teachers stands behind it's 'long-held' position.

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Some local private schools leaders signed an 'Open Letter' to the President and nation's lawmakers calling for action to ensure the safety of students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says heads of Independent Schools throughout New York are standing in support of the Parkland, Florida school shooting survivors to call for gun reforms. 

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The on-going labor dispute at City Honors is causing distress among students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students and parents rallied Thursday calling on Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to intervene.

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Clarence High School students led a rally against gun violence in schools Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says dozens of students held a peaceful demonstration at the corner of Harris Hill and Wehrle Drive in Clarence.

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A new multi-state report is being released Wednesday revealing how communities can combat racism by providing Loving Systems for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the new Loving Cities Index measured how Buffalo is doing to support student success.

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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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