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Controversy over Buffalo schools' parent involvement policy

As previously reported in our news story and live blog of last week's meeting, the Buffalo School Board is considering significant changes to its parent involvement policy. The new draft policy would include more parent groups and make changes requested by the state. But it would also eliminate the District Parent Coordinating Council as the official, representative parent group for the district.

Below is a color-coded copy of the new draft policy. Red indicates additions. Green indicates the organization requesting the change (BPTO = Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization, SED = State Education Department). Strikethrus represent language proposed for deletion.

The draft policy was approved on a split vote at the board's meeting last week. The draft policy will remain before the board and open to public comment until the board's June 11 meeting.

-- 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.

@denisejewellgee | djgee@buffnews.com


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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