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Interesting education bills going nowhere fast

When it comes to education legislation, I get interested when it looks like the a weighty bill shows real signs of gaining approval and changing the business of education. Otherwise, other stories tend to command my attention.

Aides to Republican State Sen. Mark Grisanti have been trying to stir up interest in the senator's success in getting various education reform bills passed in the State Senate. The problem is that they aren't yet going anywhere in the State Assembly.

This week, Grisanti got a bill passed in the senate that would give Buffalo voters to the right to vote directly on the Buffalo school district's education budget. Currently, voters have remarkably little input into the city schools budget process.

Grisanti has also introduced legislation calling for the annual election of city school board members to spur greater board accountability, and moving the board elections from May to November to increase voter participation.

The senator is holding a press conference at the W.J. Mahoney State Office Building this afternoon to encourage the State Assembly to pass these two latter pieces of legislation before the end of the state legislative session next week. In regard to the bill to have Buffalo voters approve the district budget, that bill hasn't left committee in the Assembly. It didn't leave committee last year either.

If any of these bills show signs of real movement in the Assembly, you'll certainly be reading a lot more about them in The Buffalo News. For now, we wait.

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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.

@denisejewellgee | djgee@buffnews.com


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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