The State Education Department says more than 95 percent of schools in receivership made "demonstrable improvement" in the 2016-17 school year. However, BUILD Academy in Buffalo is one of two New York schools in receivership that did not improve enough and will now be placed under an Independent Receiver.
When it comes to hiring minority teachers, several local school districts are struggling. In Buffalo, where the majority of the students are African-American or Hispanic, the majority of teachers are white. On WBFO's Press Pass, Jay Rey of the Buffalo News points out the problem is more acute in some suburbs. One district has just one African-American teacher and a student body that is nearly one-third minority.
Jay Rey of the Buffalo News discusses education issues during WBFO's Press Pass.
Parent Facilitators, who recently learned they're out of a job with the Buffalo Public Schools, are calling for the program's restoration. Advocates say the facilitators played an important role in city schools.
A 1976 graduate of the University at Buffalo is giving back to his alma mater with a generous grant. UB announced on Thursday that Stephen Still is providing $4 million to its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
While last night's meeting in Saint Joseph University Church occurred only days after the massacre in Las Vegas, the panel discussion focus was the effect of violence on kids in city schools. The speakers, Buffalo News reporter Lou Michel and former News reporter Tiffany Lankes, discussed their extensive reporting which showed the difficult realities for city students who encounter violence.
Albany is sending the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System some additional aid. At the Central Library, in Buffalo, Thursday, Senator Chris Jacobs said, that he's secured $120,000 in education funding for branches in his district.
Following the lead of many other schools across the country, the Williamsville School District has decided to end class rankings in all three high schools. Beginning with this year’s freshmen class, the district will not rank students based on their academic performance.
Medaille College has received a grant from a U.S. Department of Education program that helps low-income, first-generation college-bound students prepare for higher education. The college will partner with Buffalo Public Schools to use those funds.
Carl Paladino says his removal from the Buffalo School Board by New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was wrong and he intends to fight it. He tells WBFO his highly-anticipated challenge will formally begin next week.
Some view the unique program as a bridge that connects young people with politics. It's called the Close Up Foundation and it brings students from across the country to Washington, D.C. for a week of dialogue and meetings.
With longer school days and the addition of two community schools, the Buffalo School District is slowly taking on a new look. According to Buffalo News Education Reporter Jay Rey, supporters believe the changes will boost student achievement and parental involvement. As for another notable change - the removal of Carl Paladino from the School Board - Rey says, "It doesn't look like this is over."
Buffalo News reporter Jay Rey reviews issues involving the Buffalo School District during his appearance on WBFO's Press Pass.
School bells were ringing Tuesday morning for thousands of Western New York children who started a new school year. In Buffalo, public school officials led invited guests on a tour of a handful of schools, hoping to show them how the dollars secured from their respective governments are impacting the students.
At least 14 people are expressing interest in a vacant seat on the Buffalo Board of Education. Reviews and interviews will begin next week, though at least one board member won't rule out the possibility of former Park District representative Carl Paladino's reinstatement.
Niagara University is teaming with the Lewiston-Porter Central School District to assist international students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains how the program works from high school to college.
WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains how Niagara University is teaming with the Lewiston-Porter Central School District to assist international students.
The State University of New York board members overseeing charter schools are in the midst of a public comment period on whether charter school teachers should be allowed to have fewer qualifications than public school teachers.
Some Buffalo high school students immersed themselves in a special film making project over the summer. They participated in the Buffalo Youth Media Institute. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they premiered their short film The Civic Heart at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.
WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students premiered their short film The Civic Heart at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.
For the second time in about a week offensive and racist graffiti was written on a school playground. The words "sit here if gay" and the “N” word were discovered Sunday evening outside the Maple East Elementary School Williamsville.
The results of this year’s Common Core-related standardized tests show scores for New York’s schoolchildren inching up. About one-fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether because of continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards.
There are some slight gains for public school students on this year's New York State Assessments. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says that includes small gains for Buffalo Public School students in English and Math.
WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Public School students registered small gains in English and Math assessments.
Teachers across New York State are gearing up for the start of the new school year. However, the President of the state’s teachers union - New York State United Teachers’ Andy Pallotta - said controversy over the Common Core learning standards is not quite over yet.