Thousands of you now make the School Zone blog your destination for education information every week.
- The "Where in the world is Vivian Evans?" series of posts and related news stories culminated this month with the resignation of the Board of Education's East District representative.
- Readers met Lawrence Martinez, the retired Niagara Falls administrator who got more than $200,000 in his final year working for the district.
- The Buffalo News' first-ever live chat with newsmakers was right here at the School Zone, featuring Phil Rumore and Chris Jacobs fielding reader questions about cosmetic surgery benefits for Buffalo teachers.
- One of our most popular posts reported on a national study detailing the dire reality facing black males in American schools.
- We brought you the audio from a panel discussion on school reform in Buffalo, featuring Rumore, Superintendent James A. Williams and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt.
- Lessons on school reform from former Washington, D.C., chancellor Michelle Rhee provided food for thought.
The School Zone blog will be on hiatus for the next couple of weeks, but mark your calendar: We will return on Monday, Jan. 3. In the meantime, if you have any education news or ideas you'd like to share, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's wishing everyone has a safe and restful holiday season!
- Mary Pasciak