By Jill Terreri
Whether the candidates were expecting it or not, the state of the city schools has become a major issue in the mayoral campaign. As the problems make headlines every day (a recap of those can be found on the School Zone blog) questions about what Mayor Byron Brown and Bernie Tolbert have planned when it comes to the schools have peppered both debates, and are expected to come up at tomorrow's debate.
I sifted through interviews with the candidates and their past public statements, as well as information from their campaign web sites, and stories in our archive, to report today's story comparing Brown's and Tolbert's education plans.
Brown and Tolbert agree that they are opposed to a state takeover of the district, but disagree on how much involvement the mayor's office should have in the schools. Tolbert wants the power to appoint at least some school board members, Brown does not.
Republican Sergio Rodriguez has also made education a centerpiece of his campaign, and advocates full mayoral control of the district.
Voters who are interested in hearing more from the candidates can tune in tomorrow at 8 p.m., where BuffaloNews.com will stream an hour-long debate live from WNED's downtown studios. Radio listeners can listen live at WBFO 88.7 FM, and television viewers can watch it live on WGRZ-TV Channel 2, and WNED Channel 17. Follow along on Twitter by searching #buffalomayor.