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Cast your vote for live chat guests

In October, the School Zone blog pioneered a path for live chats at The Buffalo News by inviting newsmakers in to participate.

Phil Rumore and Chris Jacobs came down to One News Plaza so that you, the readers, could address your questions about the cosmetic surgery rider to them directly. The chat was incredibly popular. We went full-tilt for an hour and a half. We could have gone a few more hours -- we were able to get to only about one-third of the questions you sent in.

Since then, my colleague Aaron Besecker has hosted a number of live chats with newsmakers from various arenas, including Niagara Falls School Board Member Johnny Destino.

I think it's time for School Zone to get back in the swing of things. I'd like to start hosting live chats with newsmakers on a regular basis.

But I want to hear from you, the readers, who you'd invite as guests. Could be anybody: a teacher, a board member, a principal, a professor, a superintendent, a union rep, an elected official -- as long as they relate to education, they're fair game. I can't guarantee that any particular person will agree to participate, but I will extend the invitation to those who get nominated by the most readers.

Post a comment here (the link for that is above, just under the headline for this blog post) with your suggestions, or e-mail me at to offer your thoughts.

Vote early, as I'm planning to invite the first guest in for a live chat next week.

- Mary Pasciak

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