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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
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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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It is inspection day for tens of thousands of students. Parents are checking the first use of new school clothes or taking that picture of the first day of school. They also may want to take a look at how their kids are standing with a heavily-laden backpack strapped behind them.

Persistence Preparatory Academy
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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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The leaders of prominent Western New York private schools like Nardin Academy and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute are speaking out against a proposed state policy that would give public school districts oversight of their institutions.


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The AAA’s annual back-to-school campaign reminding motorists to drive carefully around schools and school buses kicked off Tuesday in Buffalo.

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A review of Greek Life at the University at Buffalo, prompted by suspected hazing and the death of a student, has been completed and recommendations are expected by the end of the week.

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A new statewide coalition called Raising New York officially launched in August with the aim of increasing the number of children who are prepared to succeed when they start Kindergarten.


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Nearly three dozen young people, each representing a half dozen Boys and Girls Clubs within the City of Buffalo, displayed the fruits of their summertime efforts Friday in a STEAM competition hosted by Rich Products.

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A new teacher residency program that aims to boost educational opportunities for all students by preparing and supporting diverse educators officially kicked off this week.


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Tuesday marked the third “Measuring Day” for WNY STEM Hub’s Hand in Hand program. Three Western New York children and two more in Ghana were measured for 3-D printed prosthetic hands, which they will receive in October.


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Drums rang out as young boys made their way up the steps of City Hall on Tuesday. Mayor Byron Brown proclaimed August 6, 2019 as My Brother’s Keeper Entrepreneurship Day in the City of Buffalo.

Medaille College

Medaille College is moving ahead with an expansion of its outdoor athletic facilities in South Buffalo, using a new state grant.

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