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National spotlight on cosmetic surgery issue in Buffalo

Fox News has already picked up the Buffalo News story about the dramatic increase in cosmetic surgery costs taxpayers are picking up for Buffalo Public Schools employees and their families.

Chris Jacobs This weekend, the local story will be featured at 7:45 a.m. Sunday on FOX News & Friends, the morning news show. Buffalo Board of Education Member Christopher Jacobs (pictured at left) will appear on the show.

Word of Jacobs' TV appearance came via a press release from a local public relations firm. Earlier this week, Jacobs said the district is not paying the firm for its work. Rather, he said, the public relations help comes from "a friend" of his.

Jacobs has called for the district to investigate the recent increase in costs for cosmetic surgery. In 2004, the tab was under $1 million. Last year, according to Jacobs, it was nearly $9 million.

Other media outlets across the country have also picked up the story, including the San Francisco Examiner, the Washington Post, and Business Week. Phil Rumore

Buffalo News readers will have the chance to ask questions directly to Jacobs and Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore on Monday. The two men have agreed to participate in a live chat at 1 p.m. Monday here at the School Zone blog.

So start lining up your questions now.

No preregistration is required for readers who want to ask questions -- you can just type in your questions during the chat. We'll try to get to as many as we can.

- Mary Pasciak


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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

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.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

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.

@TiffanyLankes | tlankes@buffnews.com


Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

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.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

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.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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