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Buffalo Public Schools ran an unanticipated surplus last year. That was the good news, after even supporters of the district described finances as bleak.

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Buffalo Public Schools and First Student say they are making a dent in the problem, but students should expect delays getting home on time until mid-November.

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Buffalo Public Schools say they are making headway in their chronic attendance problems among students, from kindergarten through high school.

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More than 600 UB students are studying overseas this year, as the university expands where they can study and recruits students to take advantages of the opportunity to learn other languages and other cultures.

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The Frontier Central School District is preparing to bring telemedicine into some of its schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it will begin as a pilot program to meet healthcare challenges.

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A recent Canisius High School graduate has authored a book Plugged In: How Mind Machines Interfaces Will Transform The World. It's about how the so-called ‘brain-computer’ is helping paralyzed patients and amputees regain movement.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Derby native was intrigued by the topic as he recovered from a broken neck.     

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A new study finds one in three college freshman dealt with a mental health condition before arriving at college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to the leader of D'Youville College in Buffalo about how the school supports students with mental health concerns on campus.  

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A city of Niagara Falls elementary school student brought a BB-gun to school Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says thanks to an observant student, the weapon was quickly discovered.

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With Maritime Charter School agreeing to an archeological survey of the proposed site of a high school and athletic facility on Buffum Street, Buffalo's Common Council on Tuesday approved rescinding the special use permit for the project. The lawyer for opponents says that may have tangled the situation even more.

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As social injustices continue across the globe, SUNY Buffalo State marks its 10th year of The Anne Frank Project. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the event brings one of the most memorable stories of Jewish victims of the Holocaust to educate new generations of college students about genocide and racism.

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It is a problem across public higher education, traditionally financed by state governments to keep tuition and costs low. Across the country, states are cutting back on support, prompting schools to get seriously into fundraising to close the gap. Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner says her school is no exception.

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For decades, the Grant Street entrance to Buffalo State was just kind of there, a walkway to parking lots. It is now going to be an entrance to the college's past and future.

Some gains in ELA & Math for Buffalo students

Sep 26, 2018
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State-wide test results for students in 3rd through 8th grade show an increase in Math and English Language Arts scores.  The New York State Education Department (NYSED) released new numbers Wednesday. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, this year’s assessment scores can't be compared to last year's results.

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There have been repeated warnings about teacher shortages across New York State.  In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talks to Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey. Rey tells us those shortages are not as widespread and vary from district to district. 

Arbitrator rules in favor of City Honors teachers

Sep 24, 2018
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An on-going labor dispute between the Buffalo Public Schools and teachers union has heated up once again. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it involves some teacher transfers at City Honors School.   


It’s a Saturday morning and the University at Buffalo's North Campus is mostly empty.

But inside one of the classrooms, more than a dozen sleepy-eyed students, some armed with coffee, others with snacks, chattered as they waited for a training session to begin.

New mental health curriculum being taught in K-12

Sep 12, 2018
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Teaching children about their mental health is underway in classrooms across New York State.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new mental health curriculum has been rolled out for the new school year. 

The start of a new school year has schools superintendents across the region paying extra attention to security procedures.

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A new school year is underway in the Buffalo Public School District.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district begins the start of school with very promising graduation rates.

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The Buffalo Public School District kicked-off a brand new school year Thursday. More than 30-thousand students attend city schools. City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash appeared with students at Leonardo Da Vinci High School on the D’Youville College Campus on Buffalo’s west side.  Cash has declared the 2018-19 school year as the “Year of Instruction.”


New York is the first state to make mental health a mandated part of its curriculum. Implementing the initiative is just one of the issues facing school boards this year, says Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. Another priority is security. Kremer says many districts are hiring school resource officers to address the situation.

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The Lockport City School District welcomed back students Wednesday for the new school year, but a new, controversial security software system is not fully in place.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it involves Facial recognition and tracking software. 

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Tapestry Charter School in north Buffalo is celebrating an expansion. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday for a brand new, three-story building to house students in kindergarten through 5th grade. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there for the opening as it also kicked-off a new school year.

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Newfane Central Schools are beginning the new school year with a drastic cut in bus aides, but an increase in bus cameras.

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The leader of Canisius College in Buffalo is condemning the Catholic Church in wake of the priest sexual abuse scandal.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met Canisius President John Hurley in his office where he is calling on the Catholic Church to allow women to play a role in restoring faith in the church.

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The University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work is just a year away from launching a new doctoral degree program. But unlike its longstanding PhD program, the new degree will be taught fully online.

New York State is strengthening its law requiring school bus drivers to submit to random drug and alcohol screening.

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Buffalo Public school parents and community stakeholders are demanding all students have access to advanced placement courses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the city school district has new plans for allowing students to remote into some AP courses this fall. 

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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization has announced a tentative agreement has been reached on a new contract between Buffalo Public Schools and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Pending approval by the Buffalo Board of Education and the NFTA Board of Commissioners, the BPTO says the contract includes "notable changes" in bus pass policy and accessibility.

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The Democratic candidates for governor — incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon — have different views on spending money on the state’s schools.