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Two teams from Mount St. Mary Academy High School in Kenmore will be headed to Ukraine Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter says the students are finalists who will be competing in Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship known as SAGE.

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As a brand new school year approaches  the West Seneca Central School District has announced a new after-school program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district is teaming with a former Buffalo Bill to present a sports-based program that includes life-skills and academics. 

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A Canisius High School student reflected on his time spent at the all-boys, Jesuit school as part of our Student Journals project. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he's now ready to head to college. 

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As part of our recent Student Journals project we spoke with a couple of students from Cheektowaga Central High School. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they described bullying. 

Niagara County lawmakers set to vote on NCCC trustee seat

Jul 31, 2017
Niagara County Community College

A member of the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees, who took the seat mid-term to replace its outgoing holder, is expected to be re-appointed by the Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday evening. But if Democrats have their way, Vincent Sandonato will be ousted.

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New York State is investing in a Buffalo school to prepare students for future manufacturing careers.  Empire State Development is providing a $3.2 million from the Buffalo Billion initiative to Burgard High School's Advanced Manufacturing program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says even though students are on summer break, they were at the school to demonstrate the program.

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Niagara University is designing hospitality training courses for students in Vietnam and other Asian countries.

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AT&T is promoting a short film this summer to remind students and parents that cyberbullying doesn't take a break while school is out.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the 20-minute film was created with the work of students who participated in an on-line bullying national contest.  

WBFO's Nick Lippa

Notable players such as Grover Washington Jr. and Sam Noto are names that come to mind when you think of jazz in Buffalo. But what about the teachers who spurred their passion when they were students?

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Buffalo Public Schools may have as few as four high school football teams this fall, as the district grapples with a changing population that is more interested in soccer.

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A Williamsville science teacher has been named as a national 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the middle school teacher is one of ten math and science teachers selected nationwide. 

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After months of study and a recommendation, on Wednesday night the Buffalo School Board approved a site for its new hospitality school, usually called Emerson Two.

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The Buffalo School Board has decided Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash is doing a pretty good job, garnering a grade of B-.

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Some Buffalo Public School students live in some of the most violent neighborhoods in the city. Unfortunately students have become innocent victims of stray bullets targeted for others. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes, who for months has been tracking city school children facing with this tragic issue.  

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Niagara University is among three other local Roman Catholic colleges that 'opted' into the state's new financial aid program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Niagara is part of just one-third of private colleges who signed up for the Enhanced Tuition Award program. 

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A new summer STEM program is giving high school students from across Western New York the opportunity to help kids in need through 3D printing and design.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo School Board finished the school year with a six-day hearing in Albany over whether Carl Paladino should be removed from the board. It opened the new year by re-electing officers and getting into Paladino's fight.

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The University at Buffalo is keeping a close watch on the 90-day travel ban imposed for six Muslim countries.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley learned UB did issue an advisory to current students who might be traveling this summer.

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The new class of Say Yes Buffalo scholars received a free Bak USA tablet after completing a two-day conference.  Students from Buffalo Public and city charter schools are eligible for Say Yes scholarships to college. 

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It could be a few weeks before State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issues her decision on Carl Paladino.  The hearing to remove Paladino ended yesterday in Albany. Elia will render a written ruling, but hasn't indicated when it will be ready.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction to the hearing from a Buffalo school parent and the Mayor.

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What used to be a Buffalo public school building will be reopened this fall for an expanding local charter school. Monday morning, officials with the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School explained their plans for the former School 40 on Clare Street.

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What Erie Community College officials say is the first major construction on its North Campus in about 60 years is still months away from opening. But excitement is building among college and county leaders who took a tour Tuesday of ECC's future Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics building.

Being able to identify the symptoms of concussion in youth contact sports is not only critical to the safety of young athletes, it’s also Erie County Law. Now there’s training to back it up.

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Music and artwork will be blended this weekend at a north Buffalo home.  Buffalo Suzuki Strings will present "Music on Canvas". WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the event will feature Suzuki music students and the artwork of well-known Buffalo artist Robert Blair.

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New York State is now accepting applications for its free tuition program.  The Excelsior Scholarship application period opened Wednesday or all of the state's two and four year SUNY/CUNY colleges and universities. In the few hours after the application process opened, more than 3,200 applications were received by the state.  

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A 1974 Buffalo State College graduate and world-renowned educator is continuing to advocate for better ways of empowering young readers and writers.

Teenagers in the United States are in the middle on a global scale when comparing countries on financial literacy.

University at Buffalo / NIAID

There is a serious problem around the world - and it is growing. A University at Buffalo research team is taking a new approach to combat the problem with old antibiotics.

Niagara Quality Improvement Project

The transition a child makes from kindergarten to elementary school is not always an easy one. Undetected developmental issues, missed registration dates and poor communication between school administrators are just a few of the obstacles that face children and their families.


Starting June 7th, prospective students can apply for tuition-free education at state colleges through the Excelsior Scholarship program.  The particulars of the plan were approved Thursday by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Board of Trustees.