Buffalo School attendance

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited West Hertel Academy in Buffalo Thursday morning. Elia is traveling to school districts to explaining changes to state assessments, encourages students and parents not to opt out.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley followed Elia during her stop at West Hertel Academy.

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The Buffalo Public School District is rolling out a proposed attendance plan.  A community meeting was held Tuesday evening at the Merriweather Library where the district was seeking public input  its attendance policy. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with the district's director of Student Support Services at his City Hall office to learn how the plan could improve attendance.

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia appeared a Daemen College in Amherst Thursday for the Distinguished Lecture series.  After her speech Elia took media questions. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley asked Elia to address the high absenteeism rates in Buffalo Public Schools.

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With more than half of Buffalo Public high school students missing more than a month of school the city district remains focused on removing barriers that prevent students from going to school. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says specific problems cause some students to stay home.