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Asking what went wrong

Buffalo school board member James Sampson is submitting a resolution for consideration at this Wednesday's board meeting asking that Superintendent Brown submit a detailed report about how and why the district has repeatedly failed to submit acceptable grant applications for Lafayette and East high schools. The News will live blog the Wednesday meeting.

As noted on this blog previously, this is the letter from the State Education Department outlining the deficiencies in both applications, as well as the many conversations state ed folks had with district administrators about the application shortcomings.

For those with a burning desire to see the actual applications, here's the rejected application for Lafayette High School (the third failed attempt to submit an approval application to the State Education Department), and here's the rejected application for East High School (the second failed attempt).

Below is Sampson's resolution:

Sampson resolution 7-31-13

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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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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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