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Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Police have taken a 16-year-old male student into custody with charges pending, following a verbal threat against the International Preparatory School #198 at Grover Cleveland.

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The New York State Education Department said Wednesday it will be satisfied with Lockport City Schools’ facial recognition technology after a few additional revisions are made to district policy.

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Native American parents and teachers in Buffalo Public Schools are raising concerns that the district isn’t spending all of its Title VI Indian Education Formula Grant to support Native students.

That’s despite the fact that the graduation rate for Native American students is just 52%, compared to the district average of 65%, according to the district’s annual performance report for its 2018-2019 award.


Seneca dancers
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Western New York was once the stronghold of the Seneca Nation of Indians, the “Keepers of the Western Door” of the Iroquois Confederacy. What does it mean to celebrate Native American heritage here today?


Niagara Catholic High School

The Diocese of Buffalo has announced the sale of the former Niagara Catholic High School. Niagara Catholic, located at 540 66th Street in Niagara Falls, was the only Catholic high school in Niagara County until its closure in August 2018.

Niagara County Community College

Niagara County Community College has selected its new president and it is a familiar name.

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With American higher education changing rapidly, Canisius College is using its 150th anniversary to examine the role played by Catholic universities. Three presidents from major Jesuit universities will speak during the course of the academic year. Opening the series this week was Fordham University President Joseph McShane.


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School bus service for Buffalo's elementary school kids has gotten a lot better since Superintendent Kriner Cash and the top two officials of First Student met two weeks ago.

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As adults head to the polls Tuesday, WBFO takes a look at what students are learning about voting in the required half-year course called Participation in Government, commonly known as PIG.


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The New York State Senate Higher Education Committee visited Buffalo Wednesday as part of a statewide listening tour about the cost of public higher education.

Courtesy of Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo.

The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo will host a free teacher training Wednesday featuring an expert from Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem.


Kadimah Scholars at Park
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A first-of-its-kind partnership to save a Jewish day school in Buffalo has cities like Chicago and Los Angeles taking notice.


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A group of Buffalo parents and some school leaders are threatening legal action over what they describe as a transportation crisis in Buffalo Public Schools.


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The Buffalo school board gathered for a regular meeting Wednesday night and addressed a range of issues, including a recent financial audit that found Buffalo Public Schools is in its strongest financial position in decades.

Protest
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The widespread movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day is now playing out in Buffalo Public Schools.


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Some parents and teachers in the Buffalo Public Schools believe the district is currently not meeting New York State regulations for art and music programs. Now, Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore said the union will be filing litigation by the end of the month to force the district’s compliance with said regulations.

West Hertel Academy
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Buffalo’s community schools were in the spotlight Saturday as the city’s public school district hosted a community schools summit.


Football stadium
Courtesy of Niagara Falls City School District

The Niagara Falls City School District is launching a campaign to secure corporate sponsorships for its athletic and performing arts facilities. The first secured sponsorship renames the high school football stadium for the late Arthur “Art” Calandrelli.


New SUNY Buffalo State professors
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Buffalo State is the first SUNY campus to get funding for new hires as part of an initiative to increase faculty diversity, and the first thing the college is doing with those funds is reviving a long-defunct Africana studies major.


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Several area school districts will see child sex abuse lawsuits filed against them during the Child Victims Act’s one-year lookback window. That’s according to attorney Steve Boyd, who said his firm plans to file anywhere from 60 to 90 cases against public school districts in Western New York.

School-to-Prison Pipeline
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Funneling students out of classrooms and into prison is a problem for kids of color, but what solutions are being tried?

In the final part of our weeklong series on the school-to-prison pipeline, we look at a  local district that has found a way to manage the pipeline

And in an exclusive online only report  we also look at a Western New York college's  program to help students continue their education if they've ended up in prison.

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September is Hunger Action Month, and one place where it’s increasingly important to fight hunger is on college campuses.


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The pipeline concept is that out-of-school suspensions can lead to negative outcomes and that dropping out of school can send some students, mostly people of color, spiraling toward arrest and jail.


School-to-Prison Pipeline
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What is the school-to-prison pipeline? What does it look like in Western New York, and what’s being done about it? A joint series from WBFO’s Education and Racial Equity desks is delving into those questions and more.


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Applying to high school in Buffalo? Students and their parents have an opportuntity to make an informed decision about which high school school to attend at the High School Showcase Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.

BTF protest
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The Buffalo Teachers Federation held what longtime leader Phil Rumore described as one of its largest demonstrations ever outside a Buffalo school board meeting Wednesday.


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A suspended City Honors teacher has been charged with child pornography and attempted and actual sexual exploitation of a child. 59-year-old Peter Hingston of Amherst is being held in federal detention and potentially faces up to 40 years in prison.


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A special meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education got heated Wednesday night over how individual board members should discuss board business online and during interviews with the press.

First day of Buffalo Public Schools
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About 33,500 students headed back to class Friday at Buffalo Public Schools, the state’s largest school district outside of New York City.


Buffalo Collegiate Charter School family night
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As Buffalo students head back to class, WBFO is taking a look at the city’s two newest charter schools. In this series, education reporter Kyle Mackie reports on the first year of Persistence Preparatory Academy and Buffalo Collegiate Charter School.


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