Education

Brendan Keany
WBEN Newsroom
January 17, 2020 - 6:11 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York’s high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019 ahead of a review and possible revision of diploma requirements, education officials said Thursday. The overall graduation rate was 83.4%, up just short of a percentage point from the previous year,...
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Lockport School
In this July 10, 2018, file photo, District technology director Robert LiPuma stands in a doorway beneath a camera with facial recognition capabilities that is being installed in Lockport High School
WBEN Newsroom
January 04, 2020 - 4:27 pm
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The Lockport Central School District has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats, over the objection of civil rights advocates who say it compromises student privacy. LCD said it activated the system on Thursday after meeting conditions set by state...
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Peter Fitzgerald from the FBI addresses questions about a series of racist messages and hate crimes that have occurred at SU in the last two weeks during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at the Public Safety Building in Syracuse, N.Y. On the far left is Syracuse University DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado. Next to him is Major Philip Rougeux, Troop D Commander for the New York State Police. At right is Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner. (Lauren Long/The Syracuse Newspapers via AP)
WBEN Newsroom
November 20, 2019 - 9:19 pm
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Reports that a white supremacist manifesto was sent to some Syracuse University students’ cellphones was likely a hoax, the chancellor said Wednesday while adding that the school fell short in responding to a string of racist incidents. News of the screed — which authorities...
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Peter Fitzgerald from the FBI addresses questions about a series of racist messages and hate crimes that have occurred at SU in the last two weeks during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at the Public Safety Building in Syracuse, N.Y. On the far left is Syracuse University DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado. Next to him is Major Philip Rougeux, Troop D Commander for the New York State Police. At right is Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner. (Lauren Long/The Syracuse Newspapers via AP)
WBEN Newsroom
November 19, 2019 - 7:13 pm
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A white supremacist manifesto that appeared to be a copy of one linked to a man accused of attacking two mosques in New Zealand was circulated electronically at Syracuse University, campus law enforcement said Tuesday, adding to a string of racist episodes that have shaken the...
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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a rally on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
HOUSTON (AP) — Despite the miles traveled, the tens of millions of dollars raised and the ceaseless churn of policy papers, the Democratic primary has been remarkably static for months with Joe Biden leading in polls and Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders vying to be the progressive alternative...
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Brendan Keany
August 23, 2019 - 12:39 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN)- As another collegiate academic year is set to get underway in Western New York, the 2019 freshman class at SUNY Buffalo State moved into campus Wednesday. Freshman students could be seen along school streets moving belongings to dorms. They join student-athletes as the first on...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, federal health officials updated the U.S. measles case count, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 13, 2019 - 6:43 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated a religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, following a trend of states trying to clamp down on opt-outs in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades . The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, federal health officials updated the U.S. measles case count, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 13, 2019 - 1:20 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are poised Thursday to eliminate a religious exemption to vaccine requirements in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly planned to vote on repealing the exemption, which allows parents of children to cite their...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens as Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 20, 2019 - 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation's leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21. The chamber's top Republican, who said he...
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May 07, 2019 - 10:13 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - In an election that saw all nine seats on the Buffalo Board of Education on the ballot, the unofficial results will lead to some new faces on the board as well as some returning faces. In the at-large districts, the top three vote recipients are Ann Rivera, Terrance Heard and...
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