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Buffalo School Board agenda for Wednesday

Below is the official board packet for the Buffalo Board of Education on Wednesday. If you're curious to see whether maverick board member Carl Paladino's resolutions are listed, they aren't. The board packet is essentially the superintendent's agenda.

If individual school board members want to introduce their own resolutions, those are introduced verbally by the sponsoring board members at the meeting. They aren't listed anywhere on the official agenda. How do I know if and when a board member is going to introduce his/her own resolution? I don't, unless I get lucky and some board member takes pity on me (and you, the public).

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The plan to move kids to schools in good standing

We could spend a lot of time debating whether the state uses fair criteria to determine whether a school is "failing" or in "good standing." But the bottom line is that every parent who has a child attending a school on the state's watch list has the right to send their child to a school that's more successful.

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Paladino's long agenda

UPDATED: See Paladino's latest adjustments to his motions and resolutions at the end of this blog post.

Last week, new incoming board member Carl Paladino issued a long list of 32 issues and resolutions that he wants to see the Buffalo school board take up at its Wednesday meeting. Normally, I would have posted these last week, but I was out of town late last week for the holiday break.

Wednesday's meeting promises to be a long one for many reasons. It's the only regularly scheduled summer meeting the board has before mid-August, but the first regular meeting with the newly seated board members, all of whom presumably have their own thoughts and questions to share and discuss before the long break. That includes Carl.

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Press conferences on dense topics

When Superintendent Pamela Brown announced her desire to reorganize the Buffalo Public Schools central administration, many were curious and interested. She espoused a plan to "streamline" the large, bureaucratic central office in a way that would save the district money while increasing administrative support to its 50+ schools.

But Brown has had difficulty adhering to her own timetable for the reorganization and even more trouble explaining completed aspects of it to the public. Monday's press conference was a good example.

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Buffalo school board reorganizational meeting at 4 p.m.

Live blog of the Buffalo Board of Education's annual reorganizational meeting. The board will swear in new board members Carl Paladino, Theresa Harris-Tigg and James Sampson and name new officers.

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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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