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More censorship nonsense on Carl Paladino's resolutions

Back in November, we wrote a blog item criticizing the Buffalo school district for redacting chunks of board member Carl Paladino's resolutions with black marker. But the practice, unfortunately, continues.

This week, Paladino submitted five board resolutions for consideration at Wednesday's regular board meeting. One involves the request that the forgery of a parent's signature on school documents be investigated by outside district education lawyer Karl Kristoff.  In two places, the name "Mrs. Jones" was covered by a black box.

Mrs. Jones would be Timekia Jones, the parent facilitator at Harvey Austin Elementary School who has accused the principal of having her name forged on a variety of official school documents submitted to the state. The Buffalo News has written no fewer than four prominent stories about this woman over the past three months in which Jones has been extensively quoted. She's also posed for photos, most recently for a story we ran last Tuesday.

News flash to the district: Timekia Jones' name is not a secret, and blacking out her name offers no cloak of confidentiality whatsoever. Moreover, she's not looking for any such protection. This redaction simply reinforces the district's negative reputation for unwarranted secrecy.

Here's a link to Paladino's unredacted resolutions, and below is an image of redacted version. As long as the district persists in blacking out public board resolutions without defensible justification, we'll continue to provide the complete and unredacted version here.

The Buffalo school board will hold its next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 801 of City Hall.

-- Sandra Tan 

Carl Paladino's redacted resolutions 1-22-14 by Sandra Tan

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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.

@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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