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Buffalo, NY – Over 800 people were in attendance Thursday night for a forum on public education in Western New York. Called Buffalo Conversation II, the discussion at Buffalo State College focused on ways to improve the education experience for area students.

Several speakers said that parents should be more involved in their children's education, and that financially challenged districts such as Buffalo's need more resources.

Buffalo, NY – Hundreds of students from the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State will begin a march to Albany Tuesday to protest a proposed $1,200 tuition increase.

They're calling it the "No Tuition Hike." The relay march across New York will involve students from all SUNY campuses across the state, culminating March 11th in Albany. Organizer Michael Davoli of the New York Public Interest Research Group says local students will be marching 24 miles today.

Buffalo, NY – Last week the director of the FBI warned that universities could be a target for small scale terrorist attacks. While no specific threat has been directed at UB, university officials are making sure they're ready. That includes heightened security, updating emergency plans, and providing information for the people who come to campus.

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Chautauqua Institution, NY – It's an all too familiar story. A $200 million deficit, contentious union-administration relationships and 90 percent of graduating seniors failing their proficiency exams. The Cleveland school system had been in long-term disarray when its new CEO arrived in 1998.

The head of Cleveland schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, will be speaking next Thursday at the Chautauqua Institution as part of the theme -- "A Passion for Learning."

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo remembered its first chancellor -- and the nation's 13th president -- Monday. It was the 202nd anniversary of Fillmore's birth. Our News Director Mark Scott has attended this ceremony at Fillmore's Forest Lawn gravesite since the 1980s. Having run out of story angles after all these years, Mark assigned Gabe DiMaio to make the trek to Forest Lawn...