June 13, 2012: Pamela C. Brown is appointed superintendent in a 7-2 vote, beating out interim Superintendent Amber M. Dixon and Baltimore County Assistant Superintendent Edward Newsome Jr.
July 5, 2012: Businessman Carl P. Paladino announces a lawsuit to overturn Brown’s hiring, citing alleged violations of the Open Meetings Law.
Sept. 28, 2012: Brown sets a graduation rate goal of 80 percent in five years, for a district in which the rate has long hovered around 50 percent.
March 27, 2013: Brown announces that controversial consultant Mary E. Guinn will serve as interim deputy superintendent.
June 26, 2013: School Board votes, 8-1, to approve Brown’s annual performance evaluation, which comes a month late.
Aug. 7, 2013: Brown announces that the district’s graduation rate increased by 6 percentage points, to 53 percent.
Aug. 8, 2013: State education commissioner calls Buffalo’s academic achievement “dire” and cites district leadership for repeated failures.
Sept. 19, 2013: Several women’s groups organize a rally on the steps of City Hall in support of Brown.
Sept. 24, 2013: Brown survives a 5-4 vote by the School Board to fire her.
Oct. 8, 2013: Consultant Cross & Joftus – which brought in Guinn – announces it wants out of its contract. Board votes to end the contract but lets Guinn stay 90 days to finish up.
Dec. 30, 2013: Brown says she “never contemplated” accepting $500,000 from prominent business leaders to resign.
Jan. 23, 2014: Brown holds first of what she promises will be regular news conferences after being criticized for being inaccessible.
Feb. 26, 2014: Brown rehires Guinn as interim deputy superintendent, four months after saying she had no plans to bring her back.
March 22, 2014: Brown announces a listening tour to explain her strategic plan.
April 1, 2014: School Board fires two high-ranking administrators that Brown hired even though they lacked proper state certification.
May 6, 2014: Voters elect a new School Board majority intent on firing Brown.
May 16, 2014: Brown announces plans to resign pending an “amicable agreement.”
June 16, 2014: Brown resigns with a $238,666 severance package.
– Deidre Williams
Timeline of Pamela Brown’s tenure as superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools