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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

Join our live blog of the Buffalo School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. The board will meet in Room 801 of City Hall. Agenda items include Interim Superintendent Ogilvie's plans to reduce class sizes in e... 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

By Sandra Tan » Monday, October 20, 2014

So how would you grade the Buffalo School Board? If you've been to a board meeting, chances are you have a strong opinion. But Buffalo ReformEd has now created a "report card" document that allows mee... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, October 16, 2014

We recently received a copy of the school district's long-term and short-term suspension report for the 2013-14 school year. The report shows suspension data for each school and has comparative number... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Join us at noon today for questions and answers regarding Tapestry Charter High School and Charter High School for Applied Technologies, which were profiled the past two Sundays in The Buffalo News. N... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Saturday, October 11, 2014

For both of the charter school stories that have run last Sunday and this Sunday as part of the months-long “How to Fix Buffalo Public Schools” series, The News has run summary information about h... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Please join us for the live blog of the Buffalo School Board meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, 150 Masten Ave. Among the agenda items,... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Buffalo Board of Education's Oct. 1 committee meetings include the Student Achievement Committee meeting from 5-7 pm and the Educational Support Committee Meeting from 7-9. The meetings will be he... 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.