Regent Catherine Collins

National Public Radio

July 1 marks one year of New York State’s first-in-the-country mandate that schools incorporate mental health into K-12 health education. Officials and educators told WBFO the new law has created an environment in which schools and teachers can experiment, and that one Western New York school district has emerged as a standout.


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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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A new anti-bullying book debuts in Buffalo Friday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a local book, authored by New York State Regent Catherine Collins of Buffalo.