Investigations

Exposés, reports
and analysis.

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Muckraking blog
by Jim Heaney

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Environmental blog
by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

Editorial cartoons
and commentary

Apr
09

Dowdall discusses exam exemptions on WBEN

Layne Dowdall reported Thursday and Friday about the cancellation of Regents exams last school year and how they resulted in inflated graduation rates in many  districts in Western New York. She discussed her reporting Friday with Susan Rose and Brian Mazurowski on NewsRadio 930WBEN.  

Apr
08

Regents exemptions varied among districts

Buffalo wasn’t the only local school district who graduated a lot of students who failed to pass Regents exams last year. The exams were cancelled because of the pandemic, which enabled students to obtain an exemption that allowed them to graduate, provided they earned a passing grade in any subject where exams were scheduled. Twenty-two […]

Apr
10

Schools fail on health and physical education

If Buffalo Board of Education members want to pinpoint two reasons why almost half of city schools are failing they can look at the district’s physical and health education programs. The problem is they’ve been turning a blind eye. The youngest students aren’t getting enough exercise and about 45 percent of Buffalo’s seventh graders are […]

Oct
07

The ‘no comment’ mayor

Mary Pasciak of The Buffalo News writes about Byron Brown’s indifference to the plight of city schools and the methods he and his press secretary. Mike DeGeorge, use to thwart reporters from covering important issues. A very insightful piece.