By Jill Terreri
Mayor Byron Brown and other mayors from around the country are headed to Washington, D.C., today, for a meeting of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will focus on education.
Brown will travel with Deputy Mayor Ellen Grant, who is the administration's liasion to the school district, for the two-day event.
Brown was invited by the foundation to discuss "how can we greatly increase the achievement of students, particularly those who are disadvantaged," according to the invitation.
The event includes a conversation with Bill Gates. It is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
"At the end of the day, we all know that it's not possible to have a great city without great schools," Brown said.
Late last month, Brown talked about his exploration of mayoral control of city schools, though no formal steps have been made in that direction. The city provides tax revenue to the district but Brown and his administration have no control over its operations.
The Buffalo Public School District has had its share of problems, including news this week that Martin Luther King School and Bennett High School will be closed or phased out and replaced because of poor performance.
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