WBFO Education Desk

The WBFO Education Desk is funded by KeyBank.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

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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Mental health and social-emotional behavior continues to take center stage in education.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited a preschool classroom where young children are learning how to manage their emotions. 

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Students across Western New York are expected participate in a national walk-out Wednesday at 10 a.m. to protest gun violence. Students will hold a 17-minute demonstration to honor the 17-killed in the Parkland, Florida shootings one month ago. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says several groups stood together in solidarity in full-support of Buffalo Public school students who join the nation-wide protest.


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High school students across Western New York are expected to demonstrate Wednesday to call on Congress to pass tighter gun laws. Students will be participating in the ENOUGH National School Walkout to honor those killed last month in the Parkland, Florida school shootings. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to educators in Niagara County about how local students will participate.

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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.

Mike Desmond

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.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

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.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

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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