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Buffalo Public Schools are looking for teachers, with a hiring event Tuesday. They are seeking applicants from the broader pool of this time of year rather than that of late summer.

The State University Charter Institute is in the annual process of listening to new applications for charter schools to open, this group for the fall of 2020. It's a long and complicated process slated to finish in June, when the newest schools get their charters.

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The Buffalo School Board on Wednesday voted to pay members of the district security force $180,000 for overtime they worked but weren't previously paid.

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Buffalo Public Schools would like a large and central field house for indoor sports during our long winter. Where? A community meeting Tuesday evening at Bennett High School looked at Shoshone Park as one of four possible sites.

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Buffalo will get 20 speed cameras to be used around schools from the time students start heading to class until they head home, and later for school events. Common Council members have some ideas about which schools should get the cameras.

Catholic school adopts seven healthy habits program

Mar 14, 2019
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A Buffalo Catholic elementary school has implemented a program called ‘Leader In Me’. It’s a student initiative promoting seven healthy habits. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with students and school leadership at St. Joseph University School on Main Street to learn how the program works.  

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Another Buffalo School Board seat has opened up. Longtime developer and former co-owner of the Buffalo Sabres says he will run for another term.

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Some seventh graders at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts created note cards to sell to raise money for a water project in South Sudan. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited the school's art room where the students talked about their work.  

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Students across the globe are fighting for climate change. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says here in Buffalo, a City Honors School student is organizing a walk-out for this Friday, March 15, to demand climate justice.  

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Every student in the Buffalo Public Schools system now has access to a computer.

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Amherst Central High School celebrated International Women's Day with sessions designed to raise awareness about women's issues. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to some students honoring women from across the globe.  

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A school art teacher can provide inspiration in enhancing a child's creativity.  But for students with special needs, it provides a deeper layer in their classroom learning. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes us inside Buffalo Public School #84 - Health Care Center for Children at ECMC.

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Students in the public university systems rallied this week at the State Capitol to end what they say is a built-in flaw in the state’s student aid policies. They say it’s costing the State and City University systems nearly $150 million a year. But their requests for more money come at a time when the state’s finances are tightening.

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Buffalo School Board meetings are often raucous struggles over how to run the school system. Wednesday night's work session was louder than normal, in a fight over adult education programs in a decaying North Buffalo school.


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Some Buffalo Public Schools were operating their own informal admissions processes, leaving some other high schools with the students rejected in that process. However, the School Board Wednesday evening was told this system has stopped.

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All nine Buffalo School Board seats are up for election this May. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, current board president Barbara Seals Nevergold is not seeking reelection to her at-large seat. 

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There were some emotional moments as lawmakers and supporters of a school funding measure rallied at the Capitol to advocate for $4 billion they say has long been owed to them under an order by the state’s highest court.

Food insecurity is a growing problem for college students across the U.S. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tell us, SUNY Erie Community College and FeedMore WNY have formed a partnership to establish food pantries at all ECC Campuses.


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A student has been arrested in the Ellicottville Central School District following a threat Friday morning. 

Reflections of a beloved city school teacher

Mar 1, 2019
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A beloved Buffalo Public School teacher is being remembered for her work and dedication to students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo's Uncrowded Queens Institute established "Vanessa's Corner" inside the library of Early Childhood Center School #82. 

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Teach For America received a major funding boost to continue its work in the Buffalo Public School District on Tuesday as KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation delivered a $1 million contribution to the organization.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Teach For America has been working with the district at its high-need schools.  


Teachers and school administrators in New York State can now alert a judge about students who they worry could be a threat to themselves or others. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new anti-gun-violence measure into law Monday at a ceremony attended by survivors of gun violence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Sunday's windstorm pulled apart and damaged the roof at the University of Buffalo bookstore on the north campus in Amherst. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was closed at the time and no one was hurt. 

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A University at Buffalo researcher used smartphone technology to study anxiety and depression.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited UB's psychology department on the Amherst campus to learn more.

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Some Daemen College students recently traveled to northern Thailand on a mission to help prevent human trafficking. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Daemen students taught at-risk children in that country on avoiding a very serious issue. 

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Filling out college financial aid forms can be a daunting task for students and families. But it is key in gaining needed assistance, especially for low-income families. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo Public School District collaborates to make sure it's accomplished.   

Online mental health training for educators

Feb 19, 2019
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A new online training program in the state is now available to help educators better prepare for supporting student mental health. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) provides the service for educators.

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The Buffalo school board is expanding an alliance of parent groups which represent parents and kids to the school system.


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A McKinley High School teacher, injured in a student assault last month, is being transferred to Leonardo da Vinci High School in Buffalo. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader of Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is crying foul.

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Students with special needs are receiving a boost as they seek higher education or a post-secondary program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is called Accessible Academics

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