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By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Below is a comprehensive listing of all the charter school buildings that developer and Board Member Carl Paladino has ties to through his development company, Ellicott Development, and its limited li... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, November 10, 2014

As noted in today's story, Lafayette High School has rolled out a new turnaround plan that would involve the creation of  Lafayette International Newcomers Academy and several other career-track prog... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Sunday, November 9, 2014

Today's story looks at the results of the high school behavior survey that shows Buffalo students at growing risk for suicide and many other dangerous, physical and mental health problems. While these... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo is bringing in private college admissions deans and directors from all over the country Thursday evening  to help Buffalo parents and students better understand how to get into colleg... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Buffalo School Board President James Sampson tends to be quiet during board meetings, except when it comes to keeping board order. At Wednesday's board meeting, he was so irritated by audience members... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, October 27, 2014

UPDATED WITH INFORMATION FROM NYS DEPT. OF HEALTH AND STATE ED. In response to concerns raised by Buffalo teachers and the Buffalo Teachers Federation, District Medical Director Steven J. Lana issu... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, October 27, 2014

Joe DeLameilleure, Kevyn Adams, Gary Hall, oh my. Even struggling former Bills quarterback J.P. Losman is getting in on this. Here's the list, as of Friday, of sports figures and community members ... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Friday, October 24, 2014

In 2013, Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown was proud to say that the district had a record number of students signing up for summer school, especially in light of the fact that former... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, October 23, 2014

Update: Buffalo Public School administrators earlier this week posted a letter to parents on the district's website regarding precautions for illness, including the Ebola virus, and have been distribu... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As noted in today's story, Carl Paladino has financial investments in six Buffalo charter schools, leading some to question whether he has a conflict of interest as a board member on votes he makes re... 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.