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Are you interested in teaching in Buffalo schools? Can you start right away? Can you fill out an application today and potentially be available for an interview tomorrow? Buffalo Public Schools are in a hiring mood.


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Some Buffalo Public school parents say they believe the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is attempting to 'sabotage progress' in the city school district. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says members of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) have two major concerns.

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This weekend WNED is hosting KidFest. It will feature the popular PBS Kids character Daniel Tiger. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is being used in some preschool classrooms to help develop social and life skills.

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A Buffalo Public School was placed in lockdown Tuesday morning as City police searched for a report of a gun. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a lockdown occurred around 11:30 a.m. International Preparatory School at Grover on the city's west side. 

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The head of Buffalo's teachers union says results of a study on student behavior  are "disturbing" and "distressing."   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports on the survey results and has reaction from the district.  

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Electronic sports, known as eSports is gaining popularity on college campuses. eSports features multi-player video gaming competitions.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Daemen College in Amherst has a brand new eSports center and club as it considers it a possible part of athletics. 

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Brand new accusations surfaced in a Buffalo courtroom Thursday against a suspended McKinley High School principal. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has details.

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Over the last couple of years the Buffalo Public School District has been trying to hire more school bus aides.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the issue of school bus safety was the topic of a recent Buffalo Common Council Education committee session.

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Prosperity Fellows are at the Colored Musicians Club Thursday and touring the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor - talking to entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and other changemakers. It is part of an active effort to keep the people here who were educated in local colleges and universities.

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With the music of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the singing of the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir, the community remembered M&T Bank Chairman Robert Wilmers, who died in December at the age of 83.

A Snyder woman convicted of stealing nearly $30,000 from Oracle Charter School is going to jail.

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SUNY's new chancellor looks to clean energy for the future of its campuses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says that was one of four themes Chancellor Kristina Johnson outlined in her first State of the University System Address in Albany Monday.

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State lawmakers and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn are pushing for changes in the laws related to the reporting of child abuse following allegations of decades of inappropriate behavior by faculty at Nichols School.

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Students on the Daemen College campus now have the opportunity for far more than just classroom training in medicine – they’ve got a chance to have a hand in their own health care.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase in school aid of over three-quarters of a billion dollars, a rise of about 3 percent over last year, but some say that’s not enough to meet school districts’ rising costs.


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The mental health of children is a key component of a new stage production at the Theatre of Youth (TOY) in Buffalo. The Boy at the Edge of Everything opens Saturday, January 20th. WBFO's senior reporter says for the first time TOY and the Mental Health Association of Erie County are collaborating to spark an important conversation in our community. 

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At Wednesday's Buffalo School Board meeting, the long struggle over getting more minority and women-owned businesses among the vendors to the district system turned into a discussion about using student labor.

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Backpacks filled with school supplies are being distributed to new refugee and Puerto Rican students now attending Buffalo Public schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says The Teacher's Desk received a $3,000 donation from Microsoft for its "A Good Start" backpack program.

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A Canisius High School senior has made a remarkable recovery from a severe spinal cord injury.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he's now using his own experience to help others.

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Some Buffalo school parents, students and community members left for Albany early Tuesday morning to call on state leaders to fully fund public schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they will join a rally with the Alliance for Quality Education as they call for racial and economic equity in education.

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A local World War II veteran is overwhelmed by Grand Island students who honored his military service. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a letter writing project brought the two very different generations together. 

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A Buffalo Public School is showing off its school spirit to celebrate the Buffalo Bills reaching the playoffs. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students created dance videos to cheer on the team.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech included some proposals for public education, but didn't provide much detail.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction from the leader of the New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA).

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High poverty surrounds the Jamestown Public School District.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the city schools superintendent about offering students a chance to be lifted out of poverty.  

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to ban so-called 'lunch shaming' across New York State.  He issued a five-point-proposal ahead of next week's State of the State address.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says much of what he's proposing is already at work in the Buffalo Public School District.

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High school seniors have been anxiously awaiting their acceptance notices from colleges this month.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with a student at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore who already learned he's been accepted into an Ivy League school.

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Buffalo Public Schools are continuing the push for more sports - for both sexes - and better sports performances, facilities, coaching and academics.

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McKinley High School students recently sold various flower arrangements and plants during the holiday season as part of the school's horticulture program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to a couple of the students who were inside the school's hallway trying to entice buyers. 

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Hidden away on a short street in North Buffalo is a school, housing a successful adult education program. The school system says the building is old and tired and might be dangerous, so the program has to move - and that has precipitated a fight.

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Nearly three dozen teachers across Erie and Niagara counties have new Buffalo-made computers in their classrooms today, a gift from Bak USA. The downtown manufacturer donated 500 computers to the Teacher's Desk and helped give them out Wednesday.

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