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Teach for America may be coming to Buffalo

After two years of trying, the Teach for America program may be coming to Buffalo. As noted in today's story, members of the Buffalo school board have generally expressed support for the program as a way to bring in well-qualified teachers in hard-to-fill teaching assignments. But numerous concerns have been raised by the Buffalo Teachers Federation and its teachers about the lack of experience and training that corps members receive.

The resolution, being introduced by board member Theresa Harris-Tigg, is below. It will be taken up by the board for discussion Wednesday, and a vote is expected. Teach for America has made two presentations to the school board in committee and, at its last regular meeting, the board voted unanimously to move forward with negotiations with the national organization.

Below is the resolution to be discussed Wednesday. The school board will meet at 5:30 pm Wednesday in the auditorium of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave.

-- Sandra Tan

Teach for America Resolution 12-2013

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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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