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Students need fewer standardized tests and more time with teachers, according to the group Western New Yorkers for Public Education.

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Some Kenmore East High School students completed a portrait of a 14-year-old Pakistan teen seriously wounded by the Taliban for standing up for freedom. 

Buffalo schools are using writing and photography to help some students with their work, especially those who are learning English as a second language.

After ten years of educating children on Buffalo's East Side, the Community Charter School is facing an uncertain future.

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Buffalo has a new deputy mayor coming on board to handle education and health care issues.

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One hundred years ago, a group of parents in Buffalo gathered to form a new school that would adopt the ideals of a progressive educational reformer and teach students in new ways.  A century later, the Park School still educates its pupils much the same way.

In 1912, Buffalo was one of the largest cities in the country with a bustling economy and booming population.

Also one hundred years ago, a group of parents in Buffalo gathered to form a new school that would adopt the ideals of a progressive educational reformer and teach students in new ways.

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This story is part of the Innovation Trail's partnership with FRONTLINE's Dropout Nation. You can read the other reports here.

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A new school year begins this week across New York with several new initiatives benefiting students.  WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott talked with an official who represents local school boards about the changes.

Say Yes Buffalo initiative adds 20 colleges

Aug 23, 2012

A new round of commitments to the "Say Yes Buffalo" education initiative was announced today.  Twenty private colleges are pledging to provide scholarship opportunities for the program. 

Say Yes will allow eligible Buffalo Public and Charter School students a chance to attend college tuition-free.

Among the colleges expanding scholarship opportunities is Medaille College in Buffalo.  Medaille is already involved with Syracuse's Say Yes to Education.  

Medaille's president Richard Jurasek says the effort is "extraordinary."

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Reading Rainbow is back - but not on TV.

Host LeVar Burton has revived the popular franchise, which ran for 26 years on PBS, as an app for tablets.

The medium may be different, but the mission is the same: promoting children's literature.

"Television is a one-way medium," Burton says. "You are presenting your finished product to an audience and they absorb it.

"The great thing about an app is that it is designed to be an interactive experience."

On May 15th, voters across New York will go to the polls to consider school district budgets and for the first time, schools will be under the constraint of a property tax cap, and school leaders say they’ve had to make “sacrifices” to live within those limits.

The New York State School Boards Association surveyed its members, and found that the majority of schools , 92%, are proposing budgets that are within the limits of the new tax cap.

The pressure appears to be mounting on the Buffalo Teachers Federation as the Buffalo school district scrambles to save $9 million in state funding.

At a special meeting at noon Tuesday, the Buffalo School Board is expected to formally request that the Buffalo Teachers Federation drop its request that any new teacher evaluation system account for the district's dismal student attendance record.

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Erie Community College North Campus hosted a collaborative discussion about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   The event was held Thursday as part of Black History Month celebrations.  

WBFO's Jim Pastrick listened as students and faculty discuss Dr. King's "drum major" speech.

Buffalo public schools to appeal suspended funds

Jan 5, 2012

The Buffalo public school district plans to appeal the suspension of $9-million from a state grant for school performance improvements.  Buffalo was among ten districts notified by Education Commissioner John King about the suspended funds. 

Hundreds of students in the Buffalo Public School system got a holiday gift from a New York City not-for-profit foundation: they'll get free college tuition if they complete high school.  Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and invited dignitaries gathered inside the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts for a pep rally as the group Say Yes to Education made the announcement.

GED program dedicated at Buffalo high school

Dec 15, 2011
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The Buffalo public school district's adult education division, in cooperation with the South Buffalo Education Center, has moved a program into South Park High School where those who did not earn a high school diploma can now do so.  Both education and elected leaders gathered at South Park High School to dedicate a new sign identifying the high school as the home of their joint adult education effort. 

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Over 150 middle school students from across Western New York took part in a anti-bullying conference Tuesday.

The conference was put together by The National Federation for just communities to teach students about specific groups targeted by bullies.

Students were able to team up and teach one another how to combat bullying at their own school.

The conference also focused heavily on cyber bullying and how to prevent it.  Some local students talk about the knowledge they hope to bring back to their school.

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Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon and Parents' Group leader Sam Radford are two of Thursday night's scheduled speakers at an information session on possible turnaround models for Buffalo's lowest performing schools. 

United Partners for Public Education in Buffalo will host the discussion starting at 6 p.m. Buffalo's Waterfront School.