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How will that free college tuition work? And other questions

Say Yes to Education announced in December that it would be partnering with Buffalo schools.

There are essentially three elements involved: a shared governance model for the schools; reallocating resources to provide more services to more children; and -- the piece that grabbed parents' attention the most -- a college tuition guarantee.

Where do things stand right now with Say Yes' plans for Buffalo? When and where will we start seeing changes? How will the tuition guarantee work?

All those questions -- and more -- will be answered in a webinar at 7 p.m. Thursday, here at

You're invited to join us for the session -- just take a minute to register (for free, of course) at

Several key people will join me on Thursday: Say Yes President Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon, School Board President Lou Petrucci and parent leader Sam Radford.

I'll be moderating the panel discussion, so that means I get to ask them pretty much anything. And I want to ask what you want me to ask.


What do you want to know about Say Yes? This is your chance to get your questions answered.

There are two ways you can do that.

Post them in a comment here, email them to me at, send me a Facebook message at, or tweet me @MaryPasciak. I'll make sure the most common and most important questions are addressed during the webinar.

We will also be taking reader questions directly for a few minutes at the end of the webinar on Thursday. Looking forward to seeing you then!

- 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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