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Jay Rey covers education and Buffalo Public Schools for The Buffalo News. He has been a reporter at The News since 1993.


Education

The kindergartner wouldn’t walk, wouldn’t talk and wouldn’t stop screaming. So Greg Johnson scooped her up and brought her into his school’s new room where she let off some steam bouncing on the small trampoline in the corner. “Three jumps later, she stopped screaming and started talking,” recalled Johnson, principal at the George E. Blackman School of Ex…

Buffalo

Long before Buffalo ever had charter schools, it had BUILD Academy. The school on the city's East Side was once the pride of the African-American community and a symbol in its fight for quality education. It infused black culture and heritage into its curriculum and pioneered a model that gave the community a say in running the school. So when news came that the St…

Buffalo

The State Education Department last month ordered an outside takeover of Buffalo's B.U.I.L.D. Academy and gave the school district a choice: Either find someone who can turn around the school on Fougeron Street after years of poor performance, or the state will appoint someone to do it. But here's the problem: The state can't find anyone who wants the job. That's …

Education

The doors at Hamlin Park Academy are open more than ever. Kids will stay until nearly 6 p.m. weekdays to participate in any number of after-school activities, from basketball to STEM programs to  arts and crafts. And now, there's more funding to expand such after-school programming, not only at Hamlin Park, but at three dozen locations around the Buffalo Niagara …

Education

Buffalo Peacemakers may end up playing a more formal role with the Buffalo Public Schools. The anti-violence and gang-intervention group had a "very promising" meeting Nov. 9 with Superintendent Kriner Cash after last month's School Board meeting when the group sought $35,000 in funding to help provide safe passage for students, said Pastor James Giles, group organ…

Education

Who hasn't used their smartphone at work to send a text, scroll through emails or search the internet? Well, no more if you're a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. The board passed a policy Wednesday that says School Board members and executive-level staff will "refrain from using electronic communication devices during meetings." The issue was raised awhil…

Education

Parent facilitators are officially back at work in the Buffalo Public Schools — but under a new job title. The facilitators — who serve as a bridge between parents and staff in each of the schools — were eliminated in September after the district was cited by the Internal Revenue Service for how it was paying them. After some pushback from parents, the district…

Crime

The car thief who got away with a 2001 green Infiniti over the weekend also made off with something else: A 3-year-old girl in the back seat. A man was closing the garage door to his work at 1202 Jefferson Ave. when someone got in his vehicle and sped off with the victim's 3-year-old granddaughter in the back seat, according to police reports. The little girl was …

Crime

A man armed with a gun and a crowbar robbed the Subway restaurant on Main Street in Newstead over the weekend, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported. The man walked into the Subway at 13015 Main St. at around 6 p.m. Saturday, displayed a black handgun and crowbar, then demanded money. He raided the register of an unspecified amount of cash before leaving the scene. …

Crime

A Bird Avenue woman told police she was held at gunpoint by three men who broke into her residence early Sunday morning. The robbery happened at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when the three intruders entered the house in the 300 block of Bird, possibly through a basement window, according to police reports. Once inside, all three men pointed guns at the female victim. "W…

Crime

A taxi driver got into a scuffle with one of his fares over the weekend, causing a crash and leading to the driver being robbed. It started around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, when the driver picked up a male passenger at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino on Fulton Street, according to police reports. The man asked to be taken to the nearby Perry housing projects, but upon arr…

Buffalo Public Schools and Say Yes to Education Buffalo have a new partner in making sure kids are ready to learn by the time they reach kindergarten. Help Me Grow Western New York, which connects families of young children to services for early childhood development, has announced plans to expand efforts in Buffalo schools, where it will work more closely with the dist…

The 121st annual convention of the New York State PTA kicks off on Friday and runs through Sunday at the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center. Nearly 400 PTA members and their colleagues in education are expected. Each year, state delegates - representing nearly 300,000 PTA members from 1,400 schools around the state - convene to set policy and discuss issues f…

Calling all parents, families and caregivers of children in the Buffalo Public Schools. The school district's new Parent Congress is inviting you to its first public forum from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at West Hertel Academy, 489 W. Hertel Ave. This first forum will highlight the beginnings of the Parent Congress and encourage increased parent and caregiver involveme…

Education

The Emerson School of Hospitality's annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale will run through Nov. 15. The culinary students bake hundreds of pies at the high school, at the school at 70 W. Chippewa St. Proceeds go to fund school athletics. Emerson's pie sale, an annual event for more than a decade, is just one way the students get real-world culinary experience at Emerson, whic…