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Cafeteria Chats and Student Journals are part of American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities keep more students on the path to graduation.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation released a new survey Friday that found that four out of five Buffalo teachers polled believe disruptive student behavior is leading to “unacceptable learning conditions.”

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Buffalo is joining cities like Chicago, Newark and Washington, D.C., in changing the way its public schools teach students about the legacy of slavery.


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New York's high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019, but the gap between white students and students of color remains "significant."

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A new semester has begun at Syracuse University, and Chancellor Kent Syverud’s annual winter message Monday focused on the drama of last semester, when a series of racist and anti-Semitic incidents fueled fear and anger that the university wasn’t doing enough to make a diverse student body feel safe.

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Buffalo congressman Brian Higgins announced a $1.5 million federal grant for the Service Collaborative of Western New York Monday. The grant will support the collaborative’s YouthBuild: Leaders Under Construction program.

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Governor Cuomo wants New York State to send more money to less wealthy school districts. But after making that argument in his State of the State address Wednesday, some stakeholders are saying the state just needs to better fund education, period.


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Erie County is looking at another hefty bill for renovations and repairs at Erie County Community College North.

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Two University at Buffalo students are spending their winter break volunteering at a remote school in Nepal—and it’s not just a service trip. For Pemba Sherpa and Hemanta Adhikari, it’s a homecoming 10 years in the making.


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Dr. Rosemary Bradley has submitted her resignation as the principal of Jamestown High School. The Jamestown Post-Journal reported that several unions voted no confidence in Bradley following a large fight at the high school in early November, which prompted a police response.

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Competitive video gaming, also known as eSports, has been growing in popularity at colleges around the country and now, two Buffalo public high schools have teams.


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After two decades, the Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer, has decided it’s time to retire. He shares his  insights with WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt, including how he came to believe that all of the emphasis on standardized testing in recent years, may have been a mistake.


The Rochester Central School District's financial crisis has created an opportunity for a neighboring district to address another kind of deficit.

The chants of “Let teachers teach” and “Education is a right, that’s why we have to fight,” echoed clearly down West Broad Street early Thursday evening. They came from a rally organized by the Rochester Teachers Association and were meant to send a message: Stop the proposed layoffs of Rochester School District teachers.

The teachers union organized the rally in response to Superintendent Terry Dade’s plan to lay off 218 district staff members, 152 of whom belong to the union. The Board of Education will vote on the cuts on Thursday, Dec. 19.

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Syracuse University student protesters walked out of classes Thursday, demanding the resignations of the chancellor, public safety chief and others. Protesters said they do not have confidence in those officials to carry out the changes they said are needed, after racist graffiti, vandalism and other incidents occurred on campus last month.

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A group of Buffalo Public Schools students singing in English, Spanish and Swahili premiered a music video Wednesday of an original song they wrote and recorded with the support of local artists.


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Syracuse University is still on edge from a string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents on campus in the last month. As students returned this week from Thanksgiving Break, they gathered with faculty and administrators Wednesday for a community peace vigil.

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Buffalo Police have taken a 16-year-old male student into custody with charges pending, following a verbal threat against the International Preparatory School #198 at Grover Cleveland.

If you look at a public school textbook, chances are you won't see much written from Native American perspectives. As Thanksgiving approaches, librarian Amerique Wilson at Roberto Clemente Elementary School 8 in the Rochester City School District attempts to address that.

Instead of teaching Thanksgiving from a textbook, she's working from a speech written by the late Wamsutta Frank B. James, a Wampanoag Native American activist.

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The New York State Education Department said Wednesday it will be satisfied with Lockport City Schools’ facial recognition technology after a few additional revisions are made to district policy.

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Native American parents and teachers in Buffalo Public Schools are raising concerns that the district isn’t spending all of its Title VI Indian Education Formula Grant to support Native students.

That’s despite the fact that the graduation rate for Native American students is just 52%, compared to the district average of 65%, according to the district’s annual performance report for its 2018-2019 award.


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Social workers, speech therapists and others who work with children with special needs are raising concerns about a new state regulation that interferes with their ability to effectively help children.

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Western New York was once the stronghold of the Seneca Nation of Indians, the “Keepers of the Western Door” of the Iroquois Confederacy. What does it mean to celebrate Native American heritage here today?


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Benny Callahan didn’t leave her dorm for two straight days this week. The Syracuse University freshman didn’t feel safe, she said, away from home and under siege, it seemed, by day-after-day reports of racism in campus residence and academic halls.

The Lancaster School Board voted in a special session Saturday to remove the district's chief medical officer after he refused to allow a female student to wrestle with male students.

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The Diocese of Buffalo has announced the sale of the former Niagara Catholic High School. Niagara Catholic, located at 540 66th Street in Niagara Falls, was the only Catholic high school in Niagara County until its closure in August 2018.

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A recent audit conducted by the Office of the New York State Comptroller found that Buffalo Public Schools overpaid charter school tuition by $1 million during the 2017-2018 school year and has likely made further overpayments in past years.

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Niagara County Community College has selected its new president and it is a familiar name.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud has responded to a list of demands from a student sit-in that has been going on for a week, over racist incidents that have occurred recently on campus. In the past two weeks, SU has been rocked by at least 10 incidents including racist graffiti, yelling racial slurs and hateful emails. 

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With American higher education changing rapidly, Canisius College is using its 150th anniversary to examine the role played by Catholic universities. Three presidents from major Jesuit universities will speak during the course of the academic year. Opening the series this week was Fordham University President Joseph McShane.


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Randolph Academy welcomed schoolteachers and faculty from across the state to their two campuses Friday for a Restorative Justice workshop.

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