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No more waiting: 'Superman' headed to Buffalo

"Waiting for Superman," Davis Guggenheim's controversial film looking at the challenges facing public education in this country, will premiere in Buffalo at 7 p.m. Friday at the Amherst Dipson Theatre.

Waiting_For_SupermanTickets are available for $5 from the charter advocacy folks at Buffalo ReformED by calling 759-4698. Sorry, tickets for this showing are sold out. Check with the theater for other show times.

After the film, a panel discussion about school reform will feature Buffalo Superintendent James A. Williams; Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore; Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, a champion of charters; Keith Frome, an administrator at King Center Charter School; and Joy McDuffie, who is active with dropout prevention efforts in Buffalo.

Yours truly has been asked to moderate the panel discussion. The film is widely considered to be heavily biased in favor of charter schools -- but the goal of the panel discussion is to give each of the panelists an equal chance to share their thoughts. This seems like a valuable opportunity to have a substantive dialogue about local issues in school reform, with some of the key players.

Following the lead of my colleague, Bob McCarthy, I'm asking my readers for input. Do you have a question you'd like to hear the answers to? (Could be a question for all five panelists, or a question tailored specifically for one of them.)

Any and all suggestions will be appreciated and considered. Share your question in a comment below, or e-mail me privately at [email protected]

- 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.

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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.

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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.

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