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Getting schooled on the streets, at a Buffalo School Board meeting

The Buffalo School Board grapples with a number of pressing issues that can have a profound impact on students.

At this week’s meeting, the group veered into an area unrelated to academics – street cred.

More specifically, who has the most of it.

The debate started during a conversation about where to build a second Emerson School of Hospitality.

Board member Jennifer Mecozzi, apparently drawing from her knowledge of what happens on the streets of Buffalo to form her opinion on the location, touched off the exchange.

“I’m going to tell you how it is on the streets,” she said.

Superintendent Kriner Cash, who has worked in several other city school systems, was not to be outdone.

“Let’s do it,” he said. “I know the streets.”

“You obviously don’t know the streets of Buffalo,” Mecozzi fired back.

The two then engaged in a shouting match across the board room with Cash ultimately saying he wasn’t going to argue about who has more “street cred.”

Like so many issues that come before the board, they failed to meet a cordial consensus.

They didn’t pick a site for the second Emerson either.

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