NYS Education Department

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

The New York State Education Department hearing on whether Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo School Board for leaking private information in the board's executive sessions could conclude as early as Tuesday. On day three of the proceedings, the petitioners seeking Paladino's removal rested their case and the Buffalo businessman and former gubernatorial candidate's defense began.


Erie One BOCES is expanding its welding training program in the Town of Tonawanda—another sign of increasing interest in vocational education or what is currently called career and technical education.

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In a review of Buffalo Public schools in receivership, the New York State Education Department said some of the city's most troubled schools are meeting their own goals for improvement.

Criticism came quickly to a report by SUNY’s TeachNY Advisory Council announced Wednesday. United University Professions President Frederick Kowal quickly called the report flawed, incomplete and failing to tap the experience of SUNY education professionals who teach and mentor future teachers across the state.

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New state Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia has only been on the job for four days and she’s already visiting her old stomping grounds.

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A ground swell of support is growing among groups and community members calling to keep failing city schools from closing. On Wednesday evening, a rally is expected outside the Buffalo School Board meeting where board members are scheduled to take a final vote on four failing schools.

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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.


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. 

As Monday marked the Martin Luther King Day holiday, news came from the State Education Department that the New York State Museum in Albany has discovered an audio recording in its archives of a speech King delivered in the early 1960s.

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A former Buffalo Board of Education member believes the state is poised to take over the city school district. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Ellicott District Common Council member Rev. Darius Pridgen about the ongoing crisis as new school year begins for city students Thursday.

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Buffalo School leaders are not surprised by the huge drop in standardized test scores. In Buffalo -- only 11% of students in Grades three through eighth met or exceeded the ELA standard and just over 9% met or exceeded in math.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the results are being referred to as a new baseline for the recently implemented Common Core Standards.