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Your schools, your vote

School board elections in New York State's suburbs are set for May 19 and The Buffalo News has been busy preparing stories that will help you understand what's at stake in Erie and Niagara counties' 37 school districts.

We started out our series, "Your schools, your vote" on Tuesday with Denise Jewell Gee's  report on school spending trends this year. Also, check out this interactive graphic she created that shows how local taxpayers are picking up more of the tab on school spending.

Wednesday's story by Karen Robinson shows how the debate over the school's decision to dump its Redskins mascot could affect the elections.

And here's our correspondent John Hopkins' quirky story on a very unusual situation in the Iroquois School District this year.

On Thursday, Denise Jewell Gee reported that Williamsville is facing one of the liveliest school elections in recent years, in the wake of the deep divide between the teachers union and the school board.

On Thursday, Barbara O'Brien noted that the once dysfunctional Hamburg Central School District seems to be heading "in the right direction."

Jay Rey on Saturday previewed the budget situation in Clarence, where the taxpayers who led the charge to defeat the budget two years ago are making noise again.

In the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school election, Joseph Popiolkowski notes that incumbent board vice president Stephen G. Brooks lost the support of the teachers union, which is supporting challenger Andrew Gianni.

Aaron Besecker says while  Niagara Falls. is looking at cutting 45 jobs, only the teachers union president spoke against the cuts at a budget hearing, blaming the state for the budget crunch.

We'll have stories every day leading up through Election Day, plus coming soon: Candidate profiles and district-by-district information breaking down the budget - at

And then back Election Night to The Buffalo News for results from all 37 districts in Erie and Niagara counties.

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