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By Sandra Tan » 12:23 AM

Below is a chart breaking down the raw data, and providing a two-year comparison, for the evaluation ratings of Buffalo school district teachers and principals, based on information released by State ... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gov. Cuomo is wasting no time in attempting to get his school reform legislation passed. Today, he released a report titled, "The State of New York's Failing Schools." Cuomo's NYSFailingSchoolsRepo... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Joint Schools Construction Board has refused to release $3.1 million in payments to LPCiminelli for work done by its subcontractors on Phase III and Phase V because of ongoing questions by board m... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Friday, February 13, 2015

As noted in today's story, the Governor's Office sent a letter to the Board of Regents asking the state Education Department to do further research on whether the Massachusetts model of public school ... Read More

By Sandra Tan , Tiffany Lankes » Monday, February 9, 2015

As noted in today's story, the Buffalo School Board majority has developed its own plan for how to address phase-in plans for East, Bennett and Lafayette high schools, as well as MLK. Below is the boa... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Friday, February 6, 2015

On Wednesday, the Buffalo School Board spent two hours in a work session trying to figure out how they want to proceed in regard to the to restart proposals for East, Lafayette and Bennett high school... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, January 15, 2015

As previously reported, four proposals have been submitted for charter schools to take over either Bennett or East high schools or Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute. The Buffalo school board ... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, December 29, 2014

Earlier this month, the Buffalo school district shared numerous reports and information with the School Board that provides an excellent overview of the existing status, resources and needs of special... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Earlier this month, the Buffalo School Board got an update on where the district stands in meeting state regulations regarding mandated physical education classes. The first page of the report provide... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, December 22, 2014

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
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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.