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New York State is setting aside $35 million to expand after-school programs.

President Trump's full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, to be released Tuesday, calls for a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education. The cuts would be spread across K-12 and aid to higher education, according to documents released by the White House.

None of this can be finalized without Congress. And the political track record for Presidents who want to reduce education funding is not promising, even in a far less poisoned atmosphere than the one that hovers over Washington right now.

Student loans

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Buffalo Public Schools are changing the way the district hires teachers, planning to do it much earlier when the talent pool is larger. The district is starting earlier so schools and principals know how they stand in preparing for fall classes.

Some areas of the Northeast have been enjoying a mostly snow-free winter, but that's about to change.

Residents have been warned about an approaching powerful, fast-moving storm that could deliver more than a foot of snow in some areas.

The change in weather follows a spring-like day when much of the Northeast was enjoying 60 degree temperatures.

Cuomo distorting school aid picture, report says

Feb 3, 2017
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The Alliance for Quality Education says Gov. Andrew Cuomo is misleading the public in a debate about school funding. The school advocacy group has published a new report that criticizes the governor's proposed education spending plan and his attempts to defend it.

Cafeteria Chats: Teens work to avoid trouble

Dec 30, 2016
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High school students are navigating through a number of distractions, but students explain how they avoid trouble. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with several students at the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) in Buffalo for our ongoing "Cafeteria Chats" series.

Schools in New York state are now required to test their drinking water for lead contamination.

Months after the Obama administration advised school districts that transgender students should be given access to bathrooms based on their gender identity, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the guidance from going into effect — for now.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor has granted a preliminary, nationwide injunction in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas and a number of other states.

Wilson Foundation delivers $2 million to Say Yes

Jan 20, 2016
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Say Yes Buffalo is the latest recipient to receive funding from The Ralph Wilson Foundation. Mary Wilson delivered a $2 million gift Wednesday morning.

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The West Valley Central School District has continued to experience a drop in enrollment. There are only about 260 students in pre-K through 12th grade. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says a citizens committee is now encouraging  annexation or partnerships to strengthen school programs.

The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report Wednesday, suggesting the treatment of transgender youth in public schools needs to be reformed.

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There is word the State Education Department plans to delay the implementation of new teacher evaluations for school districts facing hardships until September of 2016.

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After-school programs can help ensure a brighter future for children, according to advocates who spoke at a legislative breakfast held at the JFK Community Center on Hickory Street.

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One city school was damaged by the heavy and melting Lake Effect snows.  A  drain pipe caused leaking into Southside Elementary School on Southside Parkway Monday. 

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School officials with the school districts in Hamburg and West Seneca have announced that schools in those communities will be closed on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

When a school district wants to fire a teacher or an administrator, there is a legal process to follow. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Andrew Freedman talks about how firings are done and how that process is changing.

Sweet Home teachers are highest paid in region

Jun 3, 2014

Teachers in the Sweet Home School District are the highest paid in Western New York, according to the latest rankings from Buffalo's Business First.

Karen DeWitt

The deadline for the state budget is approaching and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates said Monday they have gathered evidence for potentially another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.

Governor Cuomo offered some support to top state education officials, who are getting blow back for a rough start to the implementation of the new Common Core principles in schools.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has thrown a new term into the debate over bad schools: death penalty, a fate he says bad schools face if they don't improve.

Buffalo students score low on new tougher tests

Aug 7, 2013

As predicted by state education officials, scores on the first English and math tests given statewide to elementary school students under tougher new learning standards are not very good.

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Students need fewer standardized tests and more time with teachers, according to the group Western New Yorkers for Public Education.

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A new school year begins this week across New York with several new initiatives benefiting students.  WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott talked with an official who represents local school boards about the changes.

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A cyber-bullying awareness and reporting bill is close to final approval, according to the New York State legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The bill works to define cyber-bullying, referring to it as harassment, insults, taunting and threats that are delivered through social media. A requirement will mandate that schools increase their awareness and improve handling of such cases.

No criminal charge will be outlined in the bill.

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With more than $9 million at risk, Buffalo's Board of Education is appealing to the teachers union for help. 

At a special meeting today, the School Board unanimously approved a resolution asking the Buffalo Teachers Federation Council of Delegates to reconsider removing the student attendance clause from its teacher evaluation plan.  Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon says state education officials won't accept a plan that excludes students with excessive absences. 


These are challenging times for local school boards and administrators.  They pleaded their case for more financial resources during a recent meeting with state legislators from our area.  State aid is at 2008 levels.  Administrators are putting together budgets in the face of a two percent property tax cap.  And they're seeking a rollback of costly state mandates. 

On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch tells WBFO's Mark Scott that legislators didn't offer the district leaders much encouragement.

Gun shop near school creates controversy

Nov 14, 2011

An entrepreneur in Olean is proposing to open a gun and ammunition shop near Olean Middle School on Wayne Street.  But opposition is mounting.  

WBFO News contributor Ray Marks traveled to Olean and has learned the plan could be put on hold because of the possible impact on the neighborhood.