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Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash told school board members Wednesday night he doesn't expect buildings to reopen for the rest of the school year and expects the district's fiscal situation to get much worse.


Daemen College has announced that two of its Distance Education students have tested positive for Covid-19.

D'Youville College

As New York’s hospital system braces for the arrival of more COVID-19 patients, D’Youville College in Buffalo announced plans to move up graduation for students in some high-needs healthcare fields.


Girl Power Part 4: Buffalo Public Schools' Cecelie Owens

Mar 23, 2020
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Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

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The New York State United Teachers union is calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to waive federal state testing requirements this year as schools continue to close in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


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With schools closed in Buffalo and across Western New York, many districts are grappling with the immediate challenge of how to keep students fed who normally rely on meals served at school.


As SUNY and CUNY schools prepare for a move to distance learning in response to the coronavirus, local college athletes are having their athletic semesters cut short.

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The Buffalo school district is preparing for the possibility of an extended closure due to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.

Buffalo's school bus situation has apparently improved a lot since a summit in October, helped along by some hefty pay raises by First Student.

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Starting March 14, SUNY Buffalo State is cancelling all classes and won’t resume them until March 30. This comes in response to fears of the coronavirus spreading at a faster rater through large public gatherings. From March 30 on, instruction for the remainder of the semester will be by remote methods. Nick Lippa spoke with students who are asking, ‘What comes next?’

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If you see flashing yellow lights Wednesday near Delaware and Ferry or around Best and Jefferson in Buffalo and you don't slow down, you might soon see flashing red lights. The city's new school zone speed camera system is starting to issue tickets, after more than a month of testing.

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Concerns are being raised about the future of a downtown Buffalo high school. The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School on Franklin Street could be demolished to make way for a new convention center. But school officials are in the dark about the proposed $440 million project. 


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The latest development in downtown Buffalo features lofty ceilings, exposed brick and a ground floor café open to the public. That might sound like a hotel or tech start-up, but it’s actually a high school.


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The University at Buffalo announced Wednesday that it is bringing nine students home who are currently studying abroad in countries affected by the novel coronavirus.

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Canisius College is calling home its two dozen students who are studying around the world because of the coronavirus.

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Buffalo high school students brought to life the words of a playwright who was described in his obituary as “theater’s poet of Black America” earlier this month.


Dr. Xiaoning Zhang

A St. Bonaventure University biology professor is leading a fundraising effort to help protect medical personnel in Wuhan, China, the center of the global coronavirus outbreak.

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This Black History Month, a local Facebook campaign is sharing the stories of African American educators who have helped shape Buffalo’s educational system. The campaign is also raising awareness for the first-ever Excellence in Education Awards scheduled to be held in May.

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A new contract for teacher aides and assistants, out-of-school suspensions and charter school push-outs were among the major issues discussed at Wednesday’s meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education.


National Education Association

Two of the country’s largest teachers unions announced Tuesday that they want schools to rethink student involvement in active shooter drills. They say practice lockdowns can traumatize students and may even be counter-productive. But are Western New York unions ready to walk away from lockdowns?


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The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has notified Buffalo Public Schools that it received a complaint about the district’s disproportionate suspensions of non-white students, WBFO confirmed Friday.


Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Schools

Voters in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District have approved a $75 million capital project to make health, safety and security improvements to all school buildings.

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Child care advocates will gather in Albany Tuesday to call for more state funding amid a growing child care availability crisis, which a new survey found is worst for infants in Western and Central New York.


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Buffalo speeders aren't getting much sympathy from Common Council members about tickets issued and new lower school zone limits.

The Section VI Football Federation announced Monday it will delay a recent decision to return to league play—a move that would have left Buffalo teams without a league to play in.


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The Buffalo Teachers Federation released a new survey Friday that found that four out of five Buffalo teachers polled believe disruptive student behavior is leading to “unacceptable learning conditions.”

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Buffalo is joining cities like Chicago, Newark and Washington, D.C., in changing the way its public schools teach students about the legacy of slavery.


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New York's high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019, but the gap between white students and students of color remains "significant."

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Buffalo congressman Brian Higgins announced a $1.5 million federal grant for the Service Collaborative of Western New York Monday. The grant will support the collaborative’s YouthBuild: Leaders Under Construction program.

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Governor Cuomo wants New York State to send more money to less wealthy school districts. But after making that argument in his State of the State address Wednesday, some stakeholders are saying the state just needs to better fund education, period.


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