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Review live blog of Hamburg School Board meeting

The Hamburg Central School Board is meeting tonight to charge board member Catherine Schrauth-Forcucci with official misconduct Wednesday in a first step to remove her from the drama-plagued board.

News Reporter Barbara O'Brien is live-blogging from the scene.


Live blog of Buffalo School Board meetings starting at 3 p.m. today

Join us for a live blog of the Buffalo School Board starting at 3 p.m. today The board will hold a Finance and Operations Committee at 3 p.m., which will include comments from Nils Olsen, chairman of the Buffalo control board. The board will also discuss the proposed 2014-15 budget. Click here for a link to that document.

Following that, a special meeting of the board will be held at 5 p.m. to meet with members of the District Parent Coordinating Council. Parents had demanded the meeting or threatened to get themselves arrested after the last School Board meeting by refusing to leave City Hall.

Finally, the Executive Affairs Committee will meet at 7 p.m. And we'll be live blogging it all.

Buffalo school board candidate Bryon McIntyre fights for ballot reinstatement

Though former Buffalo School Board candidates Daniel Reynolds and Bryon McIntyre both said they intended to legally challenge the Erie County Board of Elections' disqualification of their petitions and gain reinstatement on the ballot for the May 6 election, only McIntyre submitted the legal paperwork to do so last week.

McIntyre submitted more than 2,000 signatures, but after protests were filed, it was determined he had only 654 valid signatures. Signature disqualifications included allegations of forgery and the listing of "numerous dead people" as petition signers.

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Live blog at 5:30 p.m.: Buffalo School Board meeting

The Buffalo school board will meet for a regular business meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

Members of the District Parent Coordinting Council are planning a civil disobedience protest for the meeting, during which some members will refuse to leave the meeting room, even if that results in their arrest.

The meeting has been moved to the Common Council chambers to accomodate what is expected to be a larger crowd than usual.

Follow the meeting on our live blog. Find the meeting materials here.

State Ed rejects/questions plans for Bennett High School and MLK

The State Education Department said this week that the Buffalo Public Schools' plans to phase out and relaunch two struggling city schools aren't good enough. As noted in today's story, Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz said the district's plans to turn Bennett High School into a new STE@M Academy focused on science and technology must be delayed at least a year.

He also said the plans to turn Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute into a Medical Campus High School are insufficient. The district has until the end of next week to answer a slew of questions posed by the state.

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Pain in the mouths -- what dentists know about Buffalo school children

According to a presentation made at a Buffalo School Board committee meeting last month, lots of Buffalo public school kids suffer from mouth pain.

According to the University Pediatric Dentistry, 1,391 children out of 11,316 surveyed missed at least one day of school because of mouth pain. Moreover, roughly a third of kids said they didn't regularly brush their teeth and have experienced mouth pain.

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School board financial disclosures

Candidates running for the Buffalo school board were supposed to submit their first round of financial disclosures this week.

As usual, a number of them did not submit anything. Others reported that they had not collected the $500 required to itemize the contributions.

As today's story in the News notes, the most interesting disclosure came from Larry Quinn, whose contributors included a Who's Who of some of the most influential business leaders in the community.

Here are copies of the disclosures filed this week:

Buffalo School Board financial disclosures

Buffalo Public Schools budget update - still a $12 deficit

As noted in today's story, the Buffalo School Board held a special work session Thursday evening to discuss the ongoing budget deficit and suggestions on ways to help close the remaining gap.

To bring the deficit down from $19.5 million to $12.6 million, the district is recommending $7.6 million in cuts to special education personnel, $2.5 million in health care and $500,000 in savings by closing under-enrolled student programs. A remaining $12.6 million gap still exists.

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Live blog at 5:30 p.m.: Buffalo School Board Meeting

The Buffalo school board will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. The agenda and related materials can be here. Follow our live blog for updates from the meeting.

Homeless kids attending Buffalo Public Schools

There are 1,224 homeless students attending Buffalo Public Schools, according to a report given to the School Board last week during an Educational Support Services Committee meeting. The majority of these homeless students are children in elementary grades. Below is the grade-by-grade breakdown.

-- Sandra Tan

Homeless BPS Students 2013-14

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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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