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The Buffalo School Board on Wednesday voted to pay members of the district security force $180,000 for overtime they worked but weren't previously paid.

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Not so fast on legalizing pot. That is the message coming from New York State's school boards. The state School Boards Association wants more study on the issue.

Catholic school adopts seven healthy habits program

Mar 14, 2019
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A Buffalo Catholic elementary school has implemented a program called ‘Leader In Me’. It’s a student initiative promoting seven healthy habits. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with students and school leadership at St. Joseph University School on Main Street to learn how the program works.  

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Some seventh graders at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts created note cards to sell to raise money for a water project in South Sudan. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited the school's art room where the students talked about their work.  

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Students across the globe are fighting for climate change. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says here in Buffalo, a City Honors School student is organizing a walk-out for this Friday, March 15, to demand climate justice.  

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Amherst Central High School celebrated International Women's Day with sessions designed to raise awareness about women's issues. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to some students honoring women from across the globe.  

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A school art teacher can provide inspiration in enhancing a child's creativity.  But for students with special needs, it provides a deeper layer in their classroom learning. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes us inside Buffalo Public School #84 - Health Care Center for Children at ECMC.

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Some Buffalo Public Schools were operating their own informal admissions processes, leaving some other high schools with the students rejected in that process. However, the School Board Wednesday evening was told this system has stopped.

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All nine Buffalo School Board seats are up for election this May. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, current board president Barbara Seals Nevergold is not seeking reelection to her at-large seat. 

Food insecurity is a growing problem for college students across the U.S. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tell us, SUNY Erie Community College and FeedMore WNY have formed a partnership to establish food pantries at all ECC Campuses.


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A student has been arrested in the Ellicottville Central School District following a threat Friday morning. 

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. 

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Sunday's windstorm pulled apart and damaged the roof at the University of Buffalo bookstore on the north campus in Amherst. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was closed at the time and no one was hurt. 

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A University at Buffalo researcher used smartphone technology to study anxiety and depression.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited UB's psychology department on the Amherst campus to learn more.

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Some Daemen College students recently traveled to northern Thailand on a mission to help prevent human trafficking. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Daemen students taught at-risk children in that country on avoiding a very serious issue. 

Online mental health training for educators

Feb 19, 2019
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A new online training program in the state is now available to help educators better prepare for supporting student mental health. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) provides the service for educators.

Falls schools work to end social isolation

Feb 17, 2019
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Social isolation happens in many schools across the nation, including Niagara Falls. In an attempt to foster a better culture, Niagara Falls School Superintendent Mark Laurrie, staff and students participated in a national movement last Friday called "No One Eats Alone Day."

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A McKinley High School teacher, injured in a student assault last month, is being transferred to Leonardo da Vinci High School in Buffalo. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader of Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is crying foul.

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African-American high-school and collegiate students competed Wednesday night in Buffalo’s second annual Black History Month Oratorical competition. This year’s topic was, “Are we still feeling the effects of slavery, or do we live in a time when black men and women have equal opportunity to succeed?”

WBFO's Nick Lippa produced an audio postcard of the students’ speeches to the backing of former UB professor and legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus’ Freedom.

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Two teenagers, who are not vaccinated because of religious beliefs, were kicked out of school. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says now the mother of the teens is suing the Orchard Park School District.

Educating against teen relationship violence

Feb 12, 2019
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High school students from several area schools gathered for a Healthy Relationships summit at the Buffalo History Museum Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter says the event was designed to raise awareness of teen relationship violence.

High health risks without measles vaccine

Feb 8, 2019
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The Center for Disease Control reports individual cases of measles have been confirmed in ten states and that includes New York. Four cases were confirmed earlier this week in the Rochester area. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the Erie County Health Commissioner about the importance of getting children vaccinated.  

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Students at a Buffalo Public School hosted a celebration Thursday morning, marking their participation in a statewide program that promotes literacy by distributing books focusing on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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SUNY Buffalo State has been selected to play lead a new initiative to increase faculty diversity.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college was selected for a pilot program called PRODI-G by SUNY. 

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Three Mount St. Mary Academy High School students created a special activity book for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says as part of the school’s entrepreneurs program, the students published a book called Forget Me Not.  

Buffalo’s graduation rate maintains previous gains

Jan 31, 2019
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Graduation rates in the Buffalo Public School District are holding steady.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the State Education Department issued the new numbers this week.


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The Buffalo Public School District is working to provide winter coats for families in need. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited one of the district's four Parent Centers to learn more about the giveaway.   

School leaders keep close watch on wind chills

Jan 29, 2019
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School superintendents across the region will be keeping a close watch on the weather changes Tuesday and early Wednesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says extremely cold conditions are a major concern.


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A SUNY Fredonia student started an initiative to provide free sanitary products to students on campus.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is called FREDFlo. 

Another private school dropping NYS Regents

Jan 25, 2019
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An all-girls Catholic high school in Kenmore is the latest school to announce it is dropping New York State Regents. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Mount St. Mary Academy will begin a two-year phase out of the exams starting next school year.  

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