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By Tiffany Lankes » Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Buffalo school board will get its first budget update since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo released school funding figures earlier this month. Even with an increase in state aid, district officials have... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski » Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District released data late Tuesday afternoon detailing test refusals. The district noted these are in-district figures representing only Tuesday's tests. Refusal... Read More

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The quaint, tiny Cooperstown community offers some telling lessons and fodder for the Lancaster School District to consider as it works through countless frustrations in having dumped its beloved... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, April 9, 2015

I was late to the game in following Keith Hughes, aka @hiphughes on Twitter. By the time I caught up with the former McKinley High School teacher, he had just tweeted his 1,000th teacher tip. I asked... Read More

By Denise Jewell Gee » Monday, April 6, 2015

The Working Families Party has joined the fray over using standardized tests to evaluate teachers. The political party was one of three organizations that sent out email blasts Monday urging... Read More

By Barbara O'Brien » Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Frontier Central High School Junior Ryan Lotocki knows how to grab his audience. "School sucks," are the first words he speaks to an empty auditorium in a video he posted on YouTube. "Now... Read More

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Specific state aid to public schools were released Tuesday, showing a near 4 percent hike for the Buffalo school districts and higher increases for a number of suburban districts across Western New... Read More

By Denise Jewell Gee » Monday, March 30, 2015

The opt-out movement got a high-placed endorsement Monday from the president of the statewide teachers union. "I would opt out at this point," New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski » Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Ken-Ton School Board has called a special meeting for April 8 to consider implementing a boycott of standardized testing for grades 3-8. State testing at the elementary/intermediate level... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski » Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board last night voted unanimously to "seriously consider" boycotting use of student test data in teacher evaluations and refusing to administer standardized... Read More

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About the reporters

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News' NeXt section.

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.