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A residency requirement for college students seeking free tuition at New York’s public colleges is drawing criticism. Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the late addition to the plan, approved as part of the state budget earlier this month.


Cultural education reaching beyond classrooms

Apr 17, 2017

Cultural learning is an important part of a student’s education. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says, recently, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and New York State Board of Regents named a new deputy commissioner of cultural education. 

Record-breaking year for UB applications

Apr 14, 2017
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The University at Buffalo says it is having another record-breaking year for applications to the college.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says its a 7.5 percent increase from last year.

Mobile STEAM & Maker Lab inspiring students

Apr 13, 2017
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A collaboration has brought a WNY Mobile STEAM and Maker Lab to some area schools and after school programs.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at the Buffalo Academy of Science were the first school to try out the program.   

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is declaring victory now that the Legislature approved a budget that will include a tuition-free scholarship program for low and middle income families. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says he appeared in Buffalo Tuesday touting the Excelsior Scholarships.   

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Some University at Buffalo medical students are spending their spring break this week learning about impoverished sections of the City of Buffalo. The Buffalo Community Immersion Program is sponsored by the UB Center for Medical Humanities. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley joined nearly a dozen students as they conducted a walking tour of an east side community.


City school refugee students leave atrocities behind

Apr 10, 2017
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New students from other countries continue to arrive in Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with some refugee teenagers, now attending Lafayette International, to share their stories of leaving behind difficult lives.     

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A Buffalo charter school hopes it will get the green light  Monday evening to move forward with an $11 million expansion project on its North Buffalo campus.


New York will be the first state in the nation to offer free college tuition to middle-class students under the new state budget deal worked out by Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers.

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The Buffalo School Board is taking a hard look at all of the programs outside of the brick and mortar classrooms intended to help students do better in academic achievement.

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Things heated up Tuesday as Buffalo Common Council members argued over the future of City Honors. The Masten District's Ulysees Wingo says the school's student population has to be more representative of the city's population and it isn't.

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School districts have been left in limbo, with the passage of a New York state budget extender instead of an approved spending plan.

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The cuts announced to UB's athletics department this week are "just wrong" according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.


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Daemen College played host Tuesday to a panel discussion on refugees, immigrants and President Donald Trump's policies concerning them.


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Some area charter schools are preparing for expansion on their campuses.  WBFO's Mike Desmond reports the charter schools are joining the rush to brick and mortar.

Program to grow teacher diversity in city schools

Apr 3, 2017
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A new "grow your own" style program will help build a diverse workforce of Buffalo Public School teachers. SUNY Buffalo State and the Buffalo Public School District announced the launch the Urban Teacher Academy to be located at McKinley High School Monday at a news conference. 

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The University at Buffalo announced Monday that it is dropping four teams from its athletics program, including two which are in the midst of their now final spring seasons.


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A teacher from Lewiston-Porter High School has become the first Western New York educator to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a special ceremony to honor her work.  


Catholic elementary school in Cheektowaga will close

Mar 30, 2017
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The Diocese of Buffalo announced a Catholic elementary school in Cheektowaga will be closing at the end of this school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Mary Queen of Angels School has experienced a steady decline in enrollment.  

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Understanding cultural diversity in classrooms, especially in urban schools is the focus of a new Center for Urban Education at Canisius College in Buffalo.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the center will provide future teacher training for urban classrooms. 

Opt in, or out? ELA testing begins for 3rd-8th graders

Mar 28, 2017
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The New York State English Language Arts assessments will be administered Tuesday to students in grades third through eighth begin. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports, there hasn't been as much noise from the ‘opt out’ movement as in past years.

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Again this year, it looks as if state aid for schools will be the major source of problems in buttoning down a state budget by the end of the week when the current budget expires.

NYSUT claims charters have too much cash

Mar 27, 2017
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The state's largest teacher union is crying foul over potentially more state funding for charter schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the union claims charter schools are "flush" with cash and do not need more public dollars. 

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The annual fight over admission to Buffalo's City Honors School, with its towering academic reputation, is turning into a deep look at the city's best schools and how to add to them.

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One of the issues in this week's state budget negotiations is aid to college students, public and private. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing free tuition for most public higher education students, while private schools are proposing more aid for their students.

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Hundreds of high school students were welcomed to the University at Buffalo's North Campus Wednesday morning for its Science Exploration Day.


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A state-wide campaign was kicked off Tuesday on Buffalo's east side. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the "Say Yes to the Test" campaign is urging parents to make public school children take next week's New York State Assessments for 3rd through 8th graders.

Park School offers “flexible tuition” approach

Mar 17, 2017
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Private school affordability remains a major challenge for local families. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says The Park School of Buffalo has adopted a "flexible tuition" approach. 

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The state Legislature’s one-house budgets make some changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle-class students.

Speaker shares advice for urban educators

Mar 14, 2017
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Teachers from the Buffalo Public and Cheektowaga Central School Districts heard from a best-selling author about how to relate students of color in the classroom. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Dr. Christopher Emdin was the keynote speaker at the Urban Forum Speaker Series held at Bennett High School in Buffalo Monday.   

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