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The Council's Women Initiative, supporting women's leadership, met at the Marriott Harbor Center in downtown Buffalo this week. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was one of the speakers. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Hochul addressed the issue of a high percentage of women in education, but a low percentage seeking leadership roles.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A large group of parents and residents from around Windermere Boulevard Elementary School turned out Tuesday night to support the school in the wake of racist graffiti being found on some playground equipment.

BPTO pressuring NYSED leader to remove Paladino

Aug 15, 2017
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The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization (BPTO) is trying to put pressure on the State Education Commissioner to remove city school board member Carl Paladino. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says BPTO co-chair Larry Scott made a plea at a rally Sunday in Buffalo to denounce the violent racism that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Plans for the new Emerson Two high school are moving forward, with a meeting Tuesday.

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Access to legal education seems to be the talk of the town for law schools these days. Schools like the University at Buffalo are reviewing whether accepting GRE test results will lead to higher enrollment.

UB welcomes largest-ever medical school class

Aug 14, 2017
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The University at Buffalo has welcomed its largest-ever medical school class for a new semester.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says UB is calling this a "milestone". 

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Buffalo State College welcomed long-time Civil Rights leader Andrew Young Jr. to their campus Thursday evening.  Young is a former U.S. Congressman and United Nations ambassador. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with Young at The Mansion on Delaware in Buffalo to discuss his views on racism, racial equity and poverty.  

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The University at Buffalo has revised its bus schedule for the upcoming fall semester. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it could curtail the so called "drunk bus" situation in the city's University district. 

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation and city school district are in a dispute over start times at three schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the teachers union has filed a lawsuit against the district and Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash.

Mount St. Mary Academy heads to SAGE International

Aug 9, 2017
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Two teams from Mount St. Mary Academy High School in Kenmore will be headed to Ukraine Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter says the students are finalists who will be competing in Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship known as SAGE.


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As a brand new school year approaches  the West Seneca Central School District has announced a new after-school program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district is teaming with a former Buffalo Bill to present a sports-based program that includes life-skills and academics. 

Student Journals: Canisius’s Jesuit education

Aug 2, 2017
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A Canisius High School student reflected on his time spent at the all-boys, Jesuit school as part of our Student Journals project. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he's now ready to head to college. 

Student Journals: Cheektowaga teens on bullying

Aug 2, 2017
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As part of our recent Student Journals project we spoke with a couple of students from Cheektowaga Central High School. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they described bullying. 

Niagara County lawmakers set to vote on NCCC trustee seat

Jul 31, 2017
Niagara County Community College

A member of the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees, who took the seat mid-term to replace its outgoing holder, is expected to be re-appointed by the Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday evening. But if Democrats have their way, Vincent Sandonato will be ousted.


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New York State is investing in a Buffalo school to prepare students for future manufacturing careers.  Empire State Development is providing a $3.2 million from the Buffalo Billion initiative to Burgard High School's Advanced Manufacturing program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says even though students are on summer break, they were at the school to demonstrate the program.

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Niagara University is designing hospitality training courses for students in Vietnam and other Asian countries.

Cyberbullying doesn’t take a summer break

Jul 26, 2017
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AT&T is promoting a short film this summer to remind students and parents that cyberbullying doesn't take a break while school is out.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the 20-minute film was created with the work of students who participated in an on-line bullying national contest.  

WBFO's Nick Lippa

Notable players such as Grover Washington Jr. and Sam Noto are names that come to mind when you think of jazz in Buffalo. But what about the teachers who spurred their passion when they were students?

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Buffalo Public Schools may have as few as four high school football teams this fall, as the district grapples with a changing population that is more interested in soccer.

Local teacher tapped as STEM Teacher Ambassador

Jul 20, 2017
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A Williamsville science teacher has been named as a national 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the middle school teacher is one of ten math and science teachers selected nationwide. 

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After months of study and a recommendation, on Wednesday night the Buffalo School Board approved a site for its new hospitality school, usually called Emerson Two.

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The Buffalo School Board has decided Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash is doing a pretty good job, garnering a grade of B-.

Press Pass: Students living in violent parts of Buffalo

Jul 18, 2017
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Some Buffalo Public School students live in some of the most violent neighborhoods in the city. Unfortunately students have become innocent victims of stray bullets targeted for others. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes, who for months has been tracking city school children facing with this tragic issue.  

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Niagara University is among three other local Roman Catholic colleges that 'opted' into the state's new financial aid program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Niagara is part of just one-third of private colleges who signed up for the Enhanced Tuition Award program. 

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A new summer STEM program is giving high school students from across Western New York the opportunity to help kids in need through 3D printing and design.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo School Board finished the school year with a six-day hearing in Albany over whether Carl Paladino should be removed from the board. It opened the new year by re-electing officers and getting into Paladino's fight.

UB cautiously optimistic on travel ban

Jul 3, 2017
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The University at Buffalo is keeping a close watch on the 90-day travel ban imposed for six Muslim countries.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley learned UB did issue an advisory to current students who might be traveling this summer.

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The new class of Say Yes Buffalo scholars received a free Bak USA tablet after completing a two-day conference.  Students from Buffalo Public and city charter schools are eligible for Say Yes scholarships to college. 

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It could be a few weeks before State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issues her decision on Carl Paladino.  The hearing to remove Paladino ended yesterday in Albany. Elia will render a written ruling, but hasn't indicated when it will be ready.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction to the hearing from a Buffalo school parent and the Mayor.

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What used to be a Buffalo public school building will be reopened this fall for an expanding local charter school. Monday morning, officials with the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School explained their plans for the former School 40 on Clare Street.


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