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By Tiffany Lankes » Friday, February 13, 2015

News staff reporters Tiffany Lankes and Sandra Tan provide live updates from the Buffalo School Board meeting. After months of deliberation, the board voted on the phase-in plans for four... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes » Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Buffalo school board members are once again expected to discuss overhaul plans for four the district's lowest-performing schools. Earlier this week, the board majority issued a resolution calling to... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes » Wednesday, January 21, 2015

For decades, M&T Bank Corp. Chairman Robert G. Wilmers has been an influential force on the Buffalo education scene, having a hand in everything from finances and superintendent selection to... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes » Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Join Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes who will be blogging live from tonight's meeting of the Buffalo School Board. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at Waterfront Elementary. Here is... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes , Denise Jewell Gee , Sandra Tan » Thursday, December 18, 2014

The graduation rate for Buffalo Public Schools stayed flat between 2013 and 2014, with the most recent data released by the state showing that 55.5 percent of students finished high school on... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes , Sandra Tan » Thursday, December 18, 2014

As noted in today's story, the much awaited, 20-page fact-finding report has been released in an effort to help resolve the impasse between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and the Buffalo Public... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes » Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The lifetime earnings of Buffalo teachers -- when adjusted for cost of living -- fall in the top third of the country's large urban school systems, according to a new study by the National Council on... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes » Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Can't get enough of the theatrics that tend to dominate Buffalo school board meetings? Local politicos and school aficionados have a chance to catch one of the board's most colorful characters in... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes » Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Buffalo School Board will meet tonight, and is expected to discuss several issues related to the turnaround plans for four low-performing schools. Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie is... Read More

By Tiffany Lankes » Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The state teachers union has landed in the middle of a controversy regarding a political attack ad it sent out to sway voters in the race for the senate seat held by Mark J. Grisanti. The subject... 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.