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The deadline for the state budget is approaching and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates said Monday they have gathered evidence for potentially another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.

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Shea’s Performing Arts announced Wednesday that they will help bring musical theater programs to underperforming elementary schools across the Buffalo-Niagara region.

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A local member of the state Board of Regents says the board will be taking a close look next week at the State Legislature's request to delay Common Core standards for two years.

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The Common Core educational standards have to go, along with high-stakes testing and state and national collections of student data, said people attending a tense meeting Tuesday night in West Seneca East High School.

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The leaders of the New York State Legislature are urging the State Board of Regents to delay the effects of the new federal Common Core standards for at least another two years.

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A member of the White House will be making a stop in Western New York this week. Vice President Joe Biden will be visiting Rochester on Wednesday.


Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2014-2015 state budget Tuesday. The $137.2 billion spending plan includes more money for schools, including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs. It would also freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments cooperate.

Western New York lawmakers are calling for passage of the Invest in Education tax credit.


Buffalo's Elmwood Village Charter School wants to expand its Days Park building upwards, as its ranks of students expand.

After a lengthy review process, the Diocese of Buffalo is going to announce big changes this week for its Catholic Elementary Schools in what is being called a "School Revitalization Plan."

Proposed bills aim to address issues with Common Core

Dec 27, 2013
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Lawmakers will introduce a package of bills during the 2014 Legislative Session that aim to address issues concerning the Common Core learning standards.

Lackawanna students enjoy STEM-themed rap performance

Dec 19, 2013
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A Scientist known as the “Grand Hank” took to the stage at Lackawanna High School Wednesday to promote STEM education.

Census Bureau ranks upstate districts based on poverty

Dec 19, 2013
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Orchard Park has the third-lowest poverty rate of the 455 school districts in upstate New York, according to Business First’s analysis of new Census Bureau data.

Union blames tax cap for school spending inequality

Dec 18, 2013

Wealthier schools in the state spend 80 percent more on student education than poorer districts. The New York State United Teachers blames the funding inequality in part on the states property tax cap.

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Fresh from losing the mayor's race last month, Sergio Rodriguez is ramping up another campaign.

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In a show of solidarity, parents, teachers and students across New York are dressed in blue today as part of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.

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Students from a local charter school recently took part in their first ever Twitter-based book club.  The project aims to promote reading through a digital platform familiar to most young people.

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For the Catholic archbishop of the East African country of Ethiopia education is the future, a future of students of many different religions educated together.

Across the country and in Albany, the push is on to improve the quality of the adult standing in front of a classroom of young people.

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Buffalo State College officially opened its state-of-the-art Technology Building, Thursday. The facility cost $36.5 million to build and was paid for through the SUNY Construction Fund.

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One of the area's oldest all-boys Catholic high schools has entered a new era. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore is experiencing an enrollment boom. WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the school Monday to find out about its growth.

The White House has officially confirmed that President Barack Obama will be in Buffalo next Thursday, August 22, to kick off of a two-day bus tour.

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New York isn't providing the education it could to the state's students, according to a new report card prepared by the Alliance for Quality Education.

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A western New York Community College is launching a first-its-kind Food Processing Technology program in the fall of 2014. The program at Genesee Community college will help meet the growing demand for skilled food processing workers in the region.

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More than 200 buses brought thousands of protestors to Albany on Saturday in an effort to promote education reform.

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It’s an initiative that aims to boost student interest in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering across the state. The Master Teachers program is also aiming to ensure teachers perform at their highest level.

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A group of Western New York high school students toured the Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo to learn about medical science.

Event showcases student innovation and creativity

May 6, 2013

More than 100 kids showcased their ideas at the 11th annual Western New York Invention Convention Sunday. The event took place at Medaille College in Buffalo. It was created to promote creative thinking and encourage scientific problem solving.

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A new program aims to promote high-tech manufacturing careers in high schools across Western New York.  Dream it, Do it WNY educates high school students that there are more careers available in the area than meets the eye.

Thousands rally for education tax credit

Apr 10, 2013
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More than 10,000 students, teachers, and administrators packed into First Niagara Center in Buffalo, Wednesday to rally for an education tax credit.