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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.

Kids call it summer vacation. Educators think of it as the Summer Slide – that phenomenon when the knowledge students gained during the school year starts getting lost during two months off. Summer learning loss is in peak season, and efforts to fight it are in full swing, too. That includes the summer “camps” that kicked off last week in Buffalo, providing …

A longtime school administrator in Williamsville will lead Bishop Timon–St. Jude High School during the next school year. Linda L. Cimusz has been named interim principal at the boys Catholic high school on McKinley Parkway for the 2017-18 academic year. Cimusz was appointed chief academic officer in Buffalo during the 2014-15 school year, before leaving for Ro…

A new preschool is the next piece of the puzzle in an effort to change the lives of kids and families in one of Buffalo's poorest neighborhoods. The first floor of an old parish recreation hall at the corner of Bailey and East Delavan avenues will be converted into a preschool for some 100 children, as part of the the latest project by Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a no…

Buffalo Public Schools, always strapped for cash, missed out on hundreds of thousands of dollars when it underbilled for providing special education services to students from other school districts, a new state audit found. The audit, released Tuesday by the State Comptroller's Office, showed the district could have received more than $800,000 in special-education reimb…

A federal grand jury has indicted a California man on child pornography charges involving a 14-year-old from Cattaraugus County. Loren G. Warner, 27, of Fresno, was arraigned Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer, according to Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. The indictment charges Warner with production, receipt and possession of chil…

Katelyn McCarthy, Liam Hilliker and Caedan Muldoon have two things in common: Each was born missing a hand. And each will receive a prosthetic hand, thanks to some four dozen middle and high school students learning about science and how it can change people’s lives. The three children – Katelyn, 9, Liam, 5, and Caedan, 4 – will receive a fully-functioning, …

The Buffalo Board of Education was all together again Wednesday for the first time since the hearing in Albany to remove Carl Paladino from the board – and while brief, the meeting wasn't without drama. The reorganization meeting to elect a board president and vice president for the coming year ended with the re-election of Barbara Seals Nevergold as board president d…

A public history project focused on Buffalo's East Side has received funding from New York State, the state Education Department has announced. The $24,993 is for the East Side History Project, spearheaded by the University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies. Funding is through the state's Documentary Heritage Program to make historical records accessible to students…

The new Chautauqua Institution amphitheater that has been immersed in controversy over the past couple years looks strikingly similar to the old Chautauqua Institution amphitheater that was demolished. It has that same yellow interior. It has that familiar bench seating. It even has similar Y-shaped columns holding up the roof. “Basically, it looks the same,…

A museum dedicated to Theodore Geisel — aka Dr. Seuss— opened last month in his hometown of Springfield, Mass., but you may not have known the Town of Clarence has a little history of its own with the beloved author and illustrator. A framed letter is proudly displayed in the Clarence Historical Museum, written by Dr. Seuss himself to Debora Arnold’s second-grade …

Remember when kids used to run to the park after school to play football? Or when moms broke up neighborhood baseball games on account of darkness? Or when kids from one block challenged kids from the next to a game of street hockey? What happened? Youth sports have fundamentally changed over the generations – from casual, unstructured play to more organized …

The five-day hearing to determine whether Carl P. Paladino should be removed from his seat on the Buffalo School Board has now concluded after both attorneys finished giving their closing statements. Both attorneys delivered those final remarks Wednesday morning. Frank W. Miller, who is representing those board members seeking Paladino's removal said the disclosure o…

Day three of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo School Board began Monday with School Superintendent Kriner Cash taking the stand and testifying that Paladino's public comments about the teacher contract hurt the district and its future contact negotiations. Last year's contract negotiations are central to the proceedings because the board members …

At the start of the school year, Lynn Shanahan went from University at Buffalo professor to the front lines of public education. By the end, she had learned some valuable lessons - about what teachers are being taught, what it's really like in urban schools and how she'll prepare her graduate students before they head into   classrooms. Her lessons learned came duri…

The usual cast of players who take center stage each month at Buffalo School Board meetings will be summoned to Albany to testify at the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino, including all nine board members. Two Paladino allies on the board – At-Large Board Members Larry Quinn and Patricia Pierce – were the only two who didn’t vote for his removal. They are expecte…