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How to get involved in education -- without leaving your house

This is going to be a busy and important week in education circles in Buffalo -- and there's no reason you can't be in on all of it.

The beauty of it is, you don't even have to worry about getting caught in the rain or the snow to do it.

There are four significant events: one on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, and two on Thursday.

And I'll be live blogging all of them.

You can cozy up at home with a hot cup of coffee and join me at, as you:

- Hear from Kevin Brinkworth, who oversees security in the Buffalo Public Schools. He'll be making a presentation and answering questions at the District Parent Coordinating Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

- Find out how the School Board decides to go about filling its at large vacancy. Will the board appoint one of its sitting members to the vacancy, or open it up to the entire city? That decision will be made during the committee meetings that begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Council chambers- Learn what other cities are doing successfully to make their schools better. Jason Snyder, one of the highest-ranking people in the Obama administration's office for school turnarounds, will address the Common Council's Education Committee at 3 p.m. Thursday.

- Join hundreds of Buffalo parents, who will gather for the first Parent Assembly at 6 p.m. Thursday. They will be joined by a most interesting mix of education experts and public officials from the local, state and federal levels, who will be talking about school turnarounds and other issues. There's nothing quite like getting everyone in a room to speak the same language.

And during the same meeting on Thursday: Say Yes to Education will make its first public presentation about its plans help turn Buffalo's schools around and to offer a college tuition guarantee to city high school graduates.

Of course, all these meetings are open to the public. So if you're motivated to leave the house and head down in person, check out today's story for details on the location of each event.

- 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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