Education

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - A new detail, perhaps a wrinkle, in the state's new Excelsior Scholarship program. Students who get free tuition will be required to be full-time students and to remain in New York State for the same number of years as their award. Otherwise, they would have to repay the money...
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Tom Puckett
April 11, 2017 - 4:00 am
Amherst, NY (WBEN) As the state budget includes the Excelsior program offering free tuition to state residents whose families make less than $125,000 a year, private colleges say a delicate balance could be shaken, and have a warning for those willing to take Albany up on it. "It certainly does...
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Tim Wenger
April 10, 2017 - 6:13 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Excelsior Scholarship program included in the just-passed New York State budget is music to the ears of student leadership within the 600,000 strong SUNY and CUNY university system. The munch-heralded, and sometimes controversial, program would provide tuition for...
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) -New York State is set to offer free tuition to public colleges for families making less than 125-thousand dollars a year. The tuition initiative came from Gov. Andrew Cuomo but State Senator Chris Jacobs (R-Buffalo) said the item agreed to is far different from the original...
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April 10, 2017 - 12:15 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York will be the first state to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students under a state budget approved by lawmakers Sunday. Lawmakers approved the state spending plan in the Assembly late Saturday, and did so in the Senate late...
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April 08, 2017 - 6:35 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed on a $153 billion state budget that includes free middle-class tuition at state universities, Uber and Lyft's long-awaited upstate expansion and a long-sought juvenile justice reform that Cuomo calls one of his...
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Mike Baggerman
April 08, 2017 - 6:09 am
DEPEW, N.Y. (WBEN) - Congressman Chris Collins held a press conference on Friday at the Depew Fire station to discuss his support for the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York and its recent grant application for Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response. “In Erie County there’s...
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Mike Baggerman
April 07, 2017 - 12:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization commented on the latest in the controversy between Carl Paladino and the Buffalo School Board. A federal lawsuit may be on the horizon as a letter sent to State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia alleged a conspiracy from the board...
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Mike Baggerman
April 06, 2017 - 7:43 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization and the District Parent Coordinating Council demanded an increase in city aid to the Buffalo Public Schools on Thursday evening at Buffalo City Hall. Prior to a press conference, BPTO Co-Chair Larry Scott and DPCC Legislative Committee...
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Carl Paladino and other members of the Buffalo School Board
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Dave Debo
April 06, 2017 - 11:12 am
One day after it was revealed that Carl Paladino will be suing the Buffalo Board of Education over efforts to oust him from that body, some board members are pushing back against the charge that there is a conspiracy against him The expected federal lawsuit is revealed in a letter Dennis Vacco, an...
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