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By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, September 17, 2014

As I was reporting my story on the vision statement released by the Buffalo School Board’s majority, I questioned President Jim Sampson about the tension that exists between board minority members who seek a more inclusive and data-driven process for arriving at board goals, and the board majority members who want… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Saturday, September 13, 2014

Back in July, the new majority on the Buffalo School Board released a vision statement, “A Vision for BUFFALO PUBLIC Education.” That six-page document outlined dramatic changes regarding how the district provides educational services to children, ranging from expanding high-performing charter schools to downsizing district facilities. That document was a… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Buffalo Public Schools is sending a note home with all parents to provide them more information regarding the enterovirus, an uncommon respiratory virus that has sent dozens of children tho hospitals and may now be in Buffalo. The district’s medical director, Steven Lana, is sending home information pulled from… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Buffalo School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today, Sept. 10, for its regular board meeting in the auditorium of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave. Agenda topics tonight include the board’s selection of a consultant who will begin the process of reviewing and making… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, September 9, 2014

State Education officials visited Buffalo’s East and Lafayette high schools on Tuesday before sitting down with district leaders to provide guidance and answer questions regarding future turnaround plans the district may develop for those two high schools, as well as Bennett High School and Martin Luther King School 39. By… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Please join us for a live blog of tonight’s Sept. 3 committee meetings, starting at 5 p.m. The Student Achievement Committee will begin at 5 p.m. and the Educational Support Committee is slated for 7 p.m. Topics for discussion include a breakdown of student achievement data, information regarding school turnaround… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UPDATE: The new, temporary principal for School 30 is Carlos Villarroel, NOT Demario Strickland, who remains an assistant principal there. Spreadsheet updated. Disregard prior spreadsheet reference to Strickland, whose status was incorrectly provided by the district. A number of principal assignments are late in coming this year. Nine Buffalo public schools… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, August 20, 2014

During today’s Aug. 20 meeting of the Buffalo School Board, the board is expected to discuss the late layoff of 63 teachers, the district’s Comprehensive Improvement Plan, and make final decisions regarding principal assignments for the 2014-15 school year. The meeting will be held at 5:30 pm in Room 801… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lafayette High School is one of the most beautiful and historic high schools in Buffalo with its red brick, green cupolas and curved, terra cotta trim, but the French Renaissance-style building is also badly in need of repair. One of the few city public schools currently operating that was not… Read more »

By Sandra Tan » Friday, August 15, 2014

The Buffalo News had four reporters devoted to gathering information about the state’s standardized test results on Thursday. Here’s some additional information from State Education Commissioner John King that didn’t make the paper: * State Education Commissioner King noted that New York City came closest among the Big Five districts… 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.