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By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As noted in today's story, Gary Orfield and the Civil Rights Project of UCLA have released an 88 page study that would significantly alter the admissions criteria of City Honors, as well as Olmsted... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As of Wednesday night, the district had officially received seven applications for the position of superintendent for Buffalo Public Schools. In addition, the board agreed during committee meetings... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tonight's May 13 school board meeting is expected to be a contentious one, with board members disagreeing on how to move forward with a superintendent search process that has been neither easy nor... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Buffalo School Board is slated to approve the district's proposed budget for 2015-16 at this week's board meeting. While the highlights and lowlights were summarized in today's story, here are a... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, May 11, 2015

Two issues brought Maritime Charter School to The Buffalo News' attention. First was its high attrition rate, which resulted in today's story. Second was concerns raised by certain district guidance... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, April 27, 2015

Parent activist Samuel Radford III has filed complaints last week and this week with city, state and federal authorities arguing that the makeup of the nine-member Buffalo school board is... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, April 27, 2015

As noted in today's story, Buffalo School Board President James Sampson sent an email out to the entire board on Sunday indicating the board majority's preference to name James Weimer as the next... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, April 23, 2015

As noted in today's story, Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie shocked the School Board by issuing an email to all members Thursday afternoon telling them he has called off his search for a deputy... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As noted in today's story, Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie intends put forth the names of only internal district candidates for deputy superintendent, with the understanding that whoever is... 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

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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.