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By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, August 20, 2014

During today’s Aug. 20 meeting of the Buffalo School Board, the board is expected to discuss the late layoff of 63 teachers, the district’s Comprehensive Improvement Plan, and make final decisions regarding principal assignments for the 2014-15 school year. The meeting will be held at 5:30 pm in Room 801… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lafayette High School is one of the most beautiful and historic high schools in Buffalo with its red brick, green cupolas and curved, terra cotta trim, but the French Renaissance-style building is also badly in need of repair. One of the few city public schools currently operating that was not… Read more »

By Tiffany Lankes » Monday, August 18, 2014

One of Buffalo’s newest school board members, Larry Quinn, is well-known throughout town for his former role as a part owner of the Buffalo Sabres. Now, in one of his first proposals as a board member, Quinn wants to apply a professional level of expertise to the Buffalo Public Schools… Read more »

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News How to Fix Buffalo’s Schools is an occasional series highlighting urban schools across the country that have made outsized progress on some of the seemingly intractable problems plaguing inner-city schools. The successful schools were selected through statistical… Read more

By Sandra Tan » Friday, August 15, 2014

The Buffalo News had four reporters devoted to gathering information about the state’s standardized test results on Thursday. Here’s some additional information from State Education Commissioner John King that didn’t make the paper: * State Education Commissioner King noted that New York City came closest among the Big Five districts… Read more »

By Tiffany Lankes » Friday, August 15, 2014

Here’s more information and reaction regarding the state standardized test results for Buffalo Public Schools: As noted in today’s story, performance in Buffalo once again lagged behind the area’s suburban school systems, but the district fell in the middle of the pack among New York’s largest urban districts. Genelle Morris,… Read more »

By Tiffany Lankes » Thursday, August 14, 2014

The state education department released today the latest round of standardized tests that are tied to the controversial Common Core standards. Despite hopes that schools would make significant gains this year, performance across New York remained relatively flat. See how your child’s school fared with The Buffalo News’ interactive graphic…. Read more »

By Tiffany Lankes » Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dozens of Buffalo teachers found out this past week they might not have a job for the new school year, the result of staffing adjustments after the budget season. The 30-day notices went out to 63 teachers across a variety of subject areas, grade levels and schools. It is possible… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hi all. So you may have noticed that the School Zone blog looks different now (hopefully, better). That’s because we’ve moved to a new hosting platform that should make our blogs more versatile and easier to view from multiple devices. The problem is that in switching blog software, not all of… Read more »

By » Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The state today said it had released about half of the questions used on math and English exams given to third- through eighth-graders last spring. The state Education Department said it made available a “representative sample” of questions from the… 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.