Trying to Track Down Buffalo's "Distinguished Educator"

11:35 PM, Aug 24, 2012   |    comments
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Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Buffalo School district is the only district in the state that has what's called a "Distinguished Educator."

Judy Elliott was hired officially a few weeks ago as a part-time consultant to help improve Buffalo's low-performing schools. Earlier this month, School Board President Ruth Kapsiak told 2 on Your Side's Claudine Ewing that Elliott will be making $190 an hour, in addition to $275 each day for expenses.

We've been trying to get an interview with her since June; we believe that someone getting paid that much money by the school district should be available to answer to the public through the media.

This is the third time we've tried to get an interview with Elliott. The first time, the state never responded to our request for an interview. The second time, we told she was simply unavailable that day.

So, today we kept pressing. We were told she was busy touring schools, but that there might be a press conference Monday afternoon; then we were told that wouldn't be possible.

Spokeswoman Elena Cala said in a text message that "her day was fully packed with meetings that were prearranged" and that "it makes sense that as a consultant, her first duties would be meeting and talking with district personnel."

We offered to meet her at one of the schools, just for ten or 15 minutes, and we were told that wouldn't be possible. Cala did say Elliott could be made available on Wednesday; and we are planning to be there.










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