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A strike by 55,000 education workers in Ontario has been averted. A deal was reached late Sunday, just hours before picket lines were set to go up.


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These days, "grow your own" isn't just a slogan for gardeners. It's also a slogan in education.

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Buffalo Public Schools are looking for teachers, with a hiring event Tuesday. They are seeking applicants from the broader pool of this time of year rather than that of late summer.

Reflections of a beloved city school teacher

Mar 1, 2019
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A beloved Buffalo Public School teacher is being remembered for her work and dedication to students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo's Uncrowded Queens Institute established "Vanessa's Corner" inside the library of Early Childhood Center School #82. 

Pre-K and kindergarten teachers have a lot to do: teaching early literacy, numbers, interpersonal skills — and in some states, changing diapers.

While the majority of school-aged children are toilet trained by the time they get to preschool at around 4 years old, many kids aren’t, and many school districts can’t legally refuse them and their diapers. That’s now being debated in Buffalo, New York, where some teachers say the number of non-toilet trained students in their classrooms is climbing, stretching teachers and their aides thin.

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Minority students across Erie County would do better in school if they saw more teachers who look like them in the classroom or in the halls. That was the topic during the The Education Trust-New York town hall forum on Education Diversity in Buffalo and Erie County Thursday evening in the WNED|WBFO studios.


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Buffalo Public Schools were hoping for a substantial increase in state school aid for the upcoming school year, but did not get as much as hoped. In fact, it received the smallest increase of any of the state's Big Five school districts. That means the district is looking at a projected deficit of $16 million, which includes $20 million already taken from reserves.

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Buffalo Public Schools have added so many immigrants to the student population, the district now has 84 languages spoken in the hallways and 125 teachers have been added to work with these students.

After Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a "harder target" — for example, by arming teachers. But there's a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn't point to more guns.

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Special license plates to raise money for armed guards in schools are part of a package of legislation passed by the Republican-controlled New York State Senate.

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With pressure from President Trump for teachers to be armed in the wake of the school massacre in Florida, there is also increasing pressure for armed college professors with the dorm shootings at Central Michigan University.

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After an afternoon protest and an evening school board meeting, the fight over pulling teachers out of City Honors School is in State Supreme Court again Thursday morning.

A report issued recently by Buffalo's teachers' union found disruptive behavior to be a major problem in city classrooms. But the situation appears to be even worse north of the border. In Ontario, some troubling numbers are being disclosed about growing violence against teachers.


Teacher cuts at City Honors result from union complaint

Feb 8, 2018
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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is crying foul over a district decision to reduce the number of teachers at City Honors.

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Are you interested in teaching in Buffalo schools? Can you start right away? Can you fill out an application today and potentially be available for an interview tomorrow? Buffalo Public Schools are in a hiring mood.


The New Year could bring an expansion of a program that allows professionals with graduate degrees in a number of other fields to transfer their real work experience to a New York State teaching certificate.

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New York State United Teachers and its largest local affiliate, the United Federation of Teachers, are taking newly approved rules for charter school teachers to court.

New York ranked best state for teachers

Sep 28, 2017
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Teachers often feel overworked and underpaid. But local educators may be happy to learn one research firm has determined New York to be the best state for teachers.

Another school year, another teacher shortage

Sep 11, 2017
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As schools across New York welcome students back for another year, they continue to grapple with the ongoing teacher shortage. The inability to find qualified applicants for certain subjects has left many districts without certified teachers.

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The State University of New York board members overseeing charter schools are in the midst of a public comment period on whether charter school teachers should be allowed to have fewer qualifications than public school teachers.

Emporia, Kansas is home to rolling prairies, wheat fields, and the world's biggest frisbee golf tournament.

But the reason we went there: the National Teacher Hall of Fame, which gives the place it's most revered title, Teacher Town USA.

In 1989 the members of the Emporia local school board and Emporia State University asked, 'Why doesn't anyone honor teachers?'

To fill the void, they created the museum and hall of fame, where the top five teachers in the nation are honored every year. To be eligible, you must have taught for 20 years or more.

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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.

Touchdown for Teachers contest kicks off

Mar 14, 2017
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Do you know an outstanding educator? The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank are calling on fans to nominate Western New York’s “Hall of Fame-caliber” educators for the ninth annual Touchdown for Teachers contest.

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As a parent, how would you react if your child received a "D" or an "F" on their report card? In the first half of this school year, half of students in Buffalo Public Schools received one of those two grades.

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For decades, school districts were reluctant to fire teachers and administrators because it was so complicated and expensive. However, changes in the law mean there are more attempts being made and the costs have dropped significantly.

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As minority students become a majority in public schools, there are still disproportionate numbers of minority teachers in the classroom. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked two top state education leaders about trying to attract more students of color to consider the teaching profession. 

TeachNY targets teacher shortages & diversity

Aug 9, 2016
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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will be bringing her campaign to support teachers to the University at Buffalo Tuesday. Zimpher will be leading a public forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UB's at Hayes Hall on UB's South Campus. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is also expected to appear. Zimpher is hosting listening tours as part of TeachNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve the way teachers are prepared and address the teacher shortage. 

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When a school district wants to fire a teacher or an administrator, there is a legal process to follow.

Albany is ramping up the pressure to raise the quality of teachers in public schools -- not just current teachers with a rating system, but also new teachers by improving training programs.

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Historians from across the state are bringing their knowledge to the Western New York area this week. Museum employees, archivists, librarians, and more will take part in the 36th annual conference on New York State History at Niagara University from Thursday, June 18th, to Saturday, June 20th. The three-day event aims to draw many teachers to the table, as their participation may be key to the state’s future.

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