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Candidates for the Buffalo Board of Education’s six district seats will debate the issues and answer questions from journalists and residents in a public forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

In advance of what could be a pivotal election for the city schools, candidates for the Central, East, Ferry, North, Park and West districts will answer questions posed by journalists, submitted by audience members and submitted via the Internet at www.facebook.com/babjbuffalo or at www.buffalonews.com. The forum also will be recorded for broadcast on public access TV in advance of the May 7 election.

The free event is sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Buffalo State College Communications Department.