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By Sandra Tan » 12:01 AM

As noted in today's story, the proposal to bring modern Socratic teaching techniques to Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute is based on the success of the teaching technique at St. Andrews Coun... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes , Denise Jewell Gee , Sandra Tan » Thursday, December 18, 2014

The graduation rate for Buffalo Public Schools stayed flat between 2013 and 2014, with the most recent data released by the state showing that 55.5 percent of students finished high school on time. ... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes , Sandra Tan » Thursday, December 18, 2014

As noted in today's story, the much awaited, 20-page fact-finding report has been released in an effort to help resolve the impasse between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and the Buffalo Public Schoo... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tonight's Buffalo School Board meeting is expected to include a presentation regarding problems with the district's teacher evaluation process, an update on the proposals submitted for the four out-of... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, December 8, 2014

As noted in today's story, the Buffalo Public Schools has partnered with the county library system to make it possible for students to access a rich set of online schools resources at home or at their... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, December 4, 2014

StudentsFirstNY, a statewide education reform group, and TNTP, a national education reform group, has released a new report outlining their recommendations for changes to the Buffalo Teachers Federati... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes » Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The lifetime earnings of Buffalo teachers -- when adjusted for cost of living -- fall in the top third of the country's large urban school systems, according to a new study by the National Council on ... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Buffalo School Board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in Waterfront Elementary School, 95 Fourth St. Among the topics for discussion, Chief Financial Officer Barbara Smith is expec... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In a prior School Zone blog post, we wrote about the report by the education reform group Families for Excellent Schools regarding their report: "Ignition Failure: Broken Schools Threaten New York Sta... Read More

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Buffalo public school with a high poverty rate is achieving some success following its own formula - including the Common Core.  In today's Press Pass conversation, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with... 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.