WBFO Education Desk

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How do you talk to your children about race? That’s the topic of a two-part series this week from WBFO education reporter Kyle Mackie as protests against police brutality and racial injustice continue nationwide.


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As protests and riots sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day continue to sweep the country, Buffalo parents are weighing in about how they’re talking to their children about disturbing events in the news—and race.


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Left: Kyle S. Mackie/WBFO News; Right: Courtesy of Melody Konde

High school seniors who attend Buffalo Public Schools, including some of the newest immigrant and refugee arrivals to the United States, are eagerly awaiting plans for an unusual graduation season. To learn more, WBFO’s education reporter Kyle Mackie interviewed two seniors at Newcomer Academy.


Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Public schools have a new budget for next year, a budget that probably won't hold for long, as Albany deals with a state budget much larger than the revenues coming in.

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The Buffalo Board of Education passed a resolution last week asking city leaders to keep 15 mph speed zones around schools intact and to make infrastructure changes that would make it easier for drivers to comply.


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One of Buffalo’s highest-performing public schools faces closure following a vote by the New York State Board of Regents last week. WBFO’s education reporter Kyle Mackie reports on how Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School got caught in pandemic politics and the great debate about charter schools.


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Memorial Day weekend begins with it beaches opening up and other tentative steps to restart the economy. In his daily coronavirus briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the reopenings can be done safely if people follow the rules.


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With no prior notice, Buffalo Public Schools on Wednesday unanimously approved a fundamental change in education, a change the school board wants to put into effect in the fall of next year.


Canadian students grow angry at full tuition fees amid pandemic

May 15, 2020
Marguerite Gallorini

Lawsuits against universities like Columbia, Drexel or the University of Pennsylvania are appearing across the United States, after more and more students feel like they’re not getting the quality of education they paid for before the pandemic hit. A similar trend is starting to appear right across the border.


Buffalo Public Schools

The Buffalo Public Schools district is continuing to deal with coronavirus on the fly, as things keep changing. The uncertainties are making it hard for officials to plan the future.

The government of Ontario is asking education workers to voluntarily help fill staffing shortages in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. That includes at hospitals, long term care homes, shelters and other congregate facilities.

 


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It has been a rite of spring in New York State's suburbs and small cities: the annual budget debate and selection of members for the local school board. Usually it includes lines at polling spaces, occasionally contentious budget meetings and debates over education But like everything else, things are different this year.

Buffalo Public Schools

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last week to “reimagine education” in New York State. That move has been criticized by teachers’ unions, administrators and some parents, but some Buffalo families are ready for change.

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Much like Buffalo and cities around the country, the financial state of Buffalo Public Schools has been thrown into question by the coronavirus pandemic—yet budgeting must continue. District officials presented a draft budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year to the Common Council Wednesday even as further state cuts loom ahead.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the final call on schools Friday: Students will not go back to class this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Buffalo parent leaders said they’re not surprised—but it won’t be easy for the families hit hardest by the disruptions of the "new normal."


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of New York State Regents examinations in August.

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Most parents of young children say they’re experiencing more stress now than before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new statewide survey. But the worst impacts are being disproportionately borne by low-income families and families of color.


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Seven weeks into remote learning necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, Buffalo Public Schools is rolling out a new grading policy. WBFO’s education reporter Kyle Mackie spoke to district officials to learn more.


It's a failed connection that is happening at the worst time for 5,500 students in the Buffalo school district. Scheduled to have been operational in January, a project called "Connected Communities" could have provided WiFi access to students dealing with the demands of distance learning as schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $1.3 million plan is far behind schedule and, as Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post reports, the company charged with installing the system is also facing other troubles.

The Chatterjee Family

The longer public schools remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the more some parents worry that children with special needs will fall behind.

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What’s it like to have your last year of high school interrupted by a global pandemic? WBFO’s education reporter Kyle Mackie asked, and five Buffalo seniors said they’re feeling somewhere between stressed out and sad.


ECC president leaving at the end of his contract

Apr 24, 2020
Erie Community College

The president of Erie Community College is leaving for a new position. ECC's Board of Trustees has announced Dan Hocoy will remain through his contract, ending June 30, then move to Missouri.

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Some online businesses are thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic, while others are grabbing the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. Despite a decline in school-sponsored competitions, the pandemic has helped the largest high school esports league in the nation move full throttle on its expansion plan.

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A state Supreme Court justice issued a temporary restraining order against Buffalo Public Schools late Friday after Tapestry Charter School sued the district for withholding payments of state aid intended for the school.

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State funding for schools in New York could be slashed by nearly 50% if the federal government doesn’t send billions of dollars in aid for the state’s efforts in responding to COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Sunday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are at odds over whether public schools should be shuttered for the rest of the academic year to curb the coronavirus.

Dan Clark / New York NOW

Schools in New York City may, or may not, be closed through the end of the academic year — we don’t know yet because Gov. Andrew Cuomo effectively nullified an announcement from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Saturday saying those facilities would remain shuttered.

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Buffalo Superintendent Kriner Cash repeated criticism of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of statewide school closures during a virtual board of education meeting Wednesday night.

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It’s now the fourth week of school closures in Buffalo, and remote or distance learning is supposed to be in full swing. But not all students have the same access to technology to help them keep learning.


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Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash told school board members Wednesday night he doesn't expect buildings to reopen for the rest of the school year and expects the district's fiscal situation to get much worse.


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