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New York State Regent Catherine Collins, who represents the Western New York region, is calling for more intervention to help districts better handle suspensions of black students. A statewide report on student suspensions was issued earlier this week. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Collins is calling it a "critical area" of concern. 

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The Buffalo School Board could approve a resolution Wednesday night to file a petition that calls for the removal of Park District board member Carl Paladino. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says local leaders remain outraged at his egregious remarks about the Obamas and that a member of the New York State Board of Regents plans on attending the meeting.

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A committee of the state Board of Regents recommends spending $2.1 billion more on schools in the new state budget, saying it’s time to continue an effort begun a decade ago to funnel more money to the state’s poorest school districts.

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The newly elected Chancellor to the Board of Regents,  Betty Rosa, expressed grave doubts about the state’s use of standardized tests in the schools, saying if she were not on the Board of Regents, she would join the opt out movement and not permit her children to take the tests.

Bronx leader Betty Rosa named new Regents Chancellor

Mar 21, 2016
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The New York State Board of Regents has selected Regent member Betty Rosa of the Bronx to serve as the next chancellor. 

Regents could select Betty Rosa as next leader

Mar 9, 2016
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The New York State Board of Regents is getting closer to selecting a new leader. Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch is not seeking another term. WBFO’s focus on education reporter Eileen Buckley checked-in with western New York Regent Representative Catherine Collins on three new board members recently appointed and future leadership. 

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The state’s education commissioner says no new laws are needed to reverse a proposal in this year’s state budget tying teacher performance reviews more closely to standardized tests.

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How will the new state Board of Regents member representing Western New York effect local schools? That is discussed in this week's edition of Press Pass. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes talk about Regent Bob Bennett's departure and his replacement, Catherine Fisher Collins.

Bennett withdrawing from Regents election

Mar 9, 2015
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Robert Bennett is stepping down the New York State Board of Regents member.  Bennett confirmed to WBFO News Sunday that he would be withdrawing his name for re-election. The New York State Legislature is expected to vote Tuesday on members.

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New York State's top education leader has been selected by federal officials for a new role. State Education Commissioner John King will be stepping down for a high level post in the U.S. Department of Education. 

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The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

Regents chancellor defends Common Core

May 20, 2014
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Much controversy the past year in school districts across the state centered around Common Core Learning Standards.  Many educators and parents have been outraged at the way the state handled its rollout. In our Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says State Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch insists New York had to raise its standards in student performances.

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The New York State Education Department is implementing new testing requirements for initial teacher certification. In our Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says leaders from the state Education Department met with some members of higher education in Buffalo about these changes that begin April 30.

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The COMMUNITY Charter School in Buffalo has lost its court battle to stay open. State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek on Thursday ruled in favor of a New York State  Education Department's (NYSED) motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the school.

Focus on Education: The future of Common Core

Feb 21, 2014
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The debate over the Common Core learning standards has recently sparked a great deal controversy with many giving input on what’s best for students. The final installment discusses what the future holds for Common Core.

Focus on Education: The rollout of Common Core

Feb 18, 2014
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All this week, WBFO’s Focus on Education is bringing you a series of stories about the Common Core learning standards. Our second installment takes a look at the rollout of the standards and why it appears New York State is leading the way.

Focus on Education: Why Common Core?

Feb 17, 2014
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The Common Core Learning Standards in New York State have caused a great deal of confusion and controversy. All this week, WBFO's Focus on Education will be bringing you a series of stories about the new standards. The first installment explains where Common Core came from and why it was implemented.


The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York. 

Regents committee responds to Common Core concerns

Feb 10, 2014
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The New York State Board of Regents is expected to act on two committee reports Tuesday, calling for a delay the impact of Common Core-related state assessments on educators and students and reducing the level of local school district testing associated with the new teacher evaluation law and higher standards for teaching and learning.

State Ed will help with Common Core rollout

Jan 27, 2014
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The implementation of the Common Core learning standards will continue to move forward in schools across New York State. But, Board of Regents Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett says the state will help teachers if they are having trouble with the rollout of the standards.

Final education forum for 2013 held in Buffalo

Dec 13, 2013
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An educational forum with New York State Education Commissioner John King and Regent’s Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett took place in Buffalo Thursday night.

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WBFO News has learned that the community charter school in Buffalo has been granted a temporary restraining order by state Supreme Court Justice John Michalek.  It calls to block the state education's attempt to close down the school.