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Superintendent's response to the BPS graduation rate

The New York State Education Department released the 2012 graduation rates for all school districts on Monday. As noted in a previous post, The News subsequently had reporters spend considerable time looking up and analyzing the the graduation rates for all Erie and Niagara county high schools over the past three years.

The Buffalo graduation rates occurred prior to the arrival of Superintendent Pamela Brown, but as head of the Buffalo schools, The News solicited her comments on the 2012 graduation rate for the district, which had fallen from 54 percent to 47 percent. Instead of speaking with The News, Brown's spokeswoman released a statement to us.

When our story ran on Tuesday and a TV reporter asked to speak with the superintendent about it, Brown held a press conference for multiple TV and radio news stations. The Buffalo News was not invited.

In the statement to The News, Brown said it is her goal to raise the Buffalo school district's graduation rate to 80 percent by 2018, five years from now. We summarized her statement in our news stories Tuesday and today, but here is the full statement we received from the superintendent on Monday.

Superintendent statement on 2012 grad rate

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Denise Jewell Gee

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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 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 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 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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