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By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, October 7, 2015

After three remarkable years on the Buffalo Public Schools education beat, I am moving on to pick up the Erie County government beat, with a renewed focus on poverty and public health. Being part of The Buffalo News' education team has been one of the most rewarding and challenging beats of my career. While I look... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, October 5, 2015

For the last three years I have held the schools beat, this blog post has been part of my fall tradition. It goes like this, every year around this time: - I point out that the Buffalo Public Schools calendar has still not been printed and distributed to parents even though school started in early September. - I... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, September 30, 2015

As noted in today's story, the Buffalo Public Schools has taken a second crack at addressing an Office of Civil Rights complaint, in which the district was found to have used discriminatory admissions practices for its top schools, which require students to meet certain criteria for acceptance. Civil Rights expert Gary... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Buffalo School Board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 801 of City Hall. Aside from the superintendent's update, board member Carl Paladino has introduced or reintroduced several resolutions, including one that would have the School Board take over direct oversight and payment authorization for... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Child sexual abuse is a heavily perpetrated crime against children. As noted in today's story, more children are sexually abused than adults, according to research. Yet this crime often gets the silent treatment in our community and children are left to suffer if shame and cope with aftereffects that last long after... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash presides over his second regular school board meeting tonight, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave., corner of E. Ferry St. Here's the link to the agenda. Among the topics to be discussed is a... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A small window into how problematic leadership planning is in Buffalo Public Schools occurs every August. That's when The Buffalo News asks the district which schools will be seeing a change in leadership and who the new principals are -- and doesn't get answers. The district rarely has a completed list of principal... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, August 31, 2015

As noted in Sunday's story, the Buffalo Public Schools and Say Yes Buffalo rely on the National Student Clearinghouse for figures on how many Buffalo students who graduate from city schools go on to enroll in and graduate from college. Say Yes has kept track of student enrollment rates through the National Student... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In a much awaited debut, new Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash will preside over his first school board meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Room 806 of City Hall. Here's the link to the agenda. Cash's superintendent's update should prove interesting. Aside from that, the agenda lists a number of school... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, August 24, 2015

As noted in today's story, Kriner Cash's employment contract has some similarities, as well as distinct differences, from that of prior Superintendent Pamela Brown. Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie's contract, is not comparable since it was only three pages long. Here's the link to Cash's employment contract,... Read More

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