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Jay Rey

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


Education

The case over teacher cuts at City Honors School took another twist this week. Attorneys for the Buffalo school district, awaiting a court decision on the matter, filed a motion Thursday asking State Supreme Court Justice John F. O’Donnell to recuse himself from the case because of a family connection between him and one of the teachers involved. O’Donnell’s daughter…

Education

Parents and students from City Honors School took their complaints to Mayor Byron W. Brown on Thursday, rallying outside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center prior to his State of the City address. The parents and students rallied as part of the ongoing controversy involving the labor dispute between the school district and the teachers union, which would result in cut…

Education

Buffalo could do more to offer students an advanced high school curriculum or a gifted and talented program in elementary school. The city’s children, however, do have strong access to health care, public transit and support services. In fact, Buffalo was better than average – enough to earn a “bronze” – when considering two dozen key social and economic indicators n…

Buffalo

Take one of the lowest-performing schools in Buffalo and match it with a collection of academics seasoned in the latest research and best classroom practices. Would it make a difference? Could it turn around the school? That’s what Buffalo Public Schools officials are hoping as they enlist the help of the University at Buffalo to tackle one of the district’s tougher …

Local News

City Honors School students staged a walkout Friday afternoon in protest over the Buffalo school district's plan to cut a half-dozen teachers at the school on East North Street. Roughly 85 students at City Honors, a grade five to 12 school with more than 1,000 students, walked out of the building just after 1 p.m. Friday, the last day before next week's February break. …

Buffalo

Attorneys for the Buffalo Public Schools and its teachers union met in judge's chambers Thursday over the district plan to cut teachers at City Honors School, but emerged no closer to resolving their dispute. The Buffalo Teacher Federation wants State Supreme Court Justice John F. O'Donnell to block the transfer of 5.5 teaching positions so a mediator can help settle th…

Education

Oracle Charter School, a high school in Buffalo with more than 300 kids, will close its doors at the end of the school year in June after the state denied renewal of its charter. That tough decision came down Tuesday from the State University of New York, which authorizes charter schools and cited poor academic performance as the reason for ending Oracle’s 13-year run. …

Buffalo

There’s been a nice, long period of noticeable calm between Buffalo schools and their teachers, a stretch that goes back as far as the fall of 2016 after the two sides reached a new contract. But over the past few weeks, labor peace has gone out the window. Whether it’s over student discipline, new school leadership or the duties of teachers at City Honors School, th…

Education

Teachers at Global Concepts Charter School in Lackawanna are now part of a labor union. The board of directors for the New York State United Teachers voted Saturday to approve Global as an affiliate, after the 99 teachers and other professionals at the school voted last year to form the Global Concepts Charter School Teachers Association. “Like so many workers, educa…

Crime

Buffalo police charged a man in connection with two separate incidents where he assaulted a woman and tried to steal a vehicle. The first happened just after 7 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of Lafayette Avenue. The suspect is accused of approaching a woman and punching her in the face, police said. He tried to drive off in a 2008 Mitsubishi before being stopped by t…

Local News

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Niagara and Orleans county through 7 p.m. Sunday. "Our biggest concern is freezing rain, which could cause slippery conditions," said Aaron Reynolds, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Temperatures reached into the low 40s on Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, but a cold front moving acro…

Crime

A Buffalo man was thrown in jail on a drunken driving charge after he drove his vehicle into a ditch in the Town of Orangeville, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said Sunday. Isaac B. Carver, Jr., 42, was accused of driving into a ditch on State Route 20A on Friday. An investigation revealed that Carver had a revoked non-driver identification card with 18 active susp…

Thieves broke into a Buffalo charter school over the weekend and made off with $95,000 worth of iPads, Buffalo police said. The incident happened early Saturday morning at Westminster Community Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave., according to police reports. Two suspects entered the school some time after 3:30 a.m. and stole 150 iPads from classrooms in the north wi…

The Erie County Democratic Committee on Monday will nominate a candidate for the 142nd Assembly District in anticipation of April's special election. April 24 has been designated as the date to fill legislative vacancies across New York State, including the 142nd seat vacated by newly elected Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns. Most observers see a potential faceoff…

Firefighters were called to extinguish a chimney fire in the Town of Royalton early Sunday morning, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. The homeowner at 9273 Foote Road called 911 at 6:47 a.m. to report a fire on the west side of the residence, officials said. Firefighters from the Wolcottsville, Rapids and Terry's Corners volunteer fire companies responded to put…