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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.

The old C.W. Miller Livery Building is being recommended by Buffalo school officials as the site for a second Emerson School of Hospitality. The building at 73 W. Huron St. is right around the corner from the existing Emerson on West Chippewa Street – the backs of the two buildings abut each other – and together the two high schools would create an expanded "hospita…

Next month will mark 13 years without a new contract for principals and administrators in Buffalo Public Schools. And they still don't seem any closer to reaching an agreement with the district. Members of the Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators, which represents more than 250 principals and building and central office administrators, rallied last week …

The newest project headed for the downtown area isn't office space, retail or apartments. It's a high school. Buffalo Public Schools will publicly air proposals for a second Emerson School of Hospitality during a special meeting on Wednesday. The success of Emerson on West Chippewa Street - known publicly for its popular student-run restaurant - prompted the schoo…

The Buffalo Board of Education on Wednesday passed an $894.2 million budget for the 2017-18 school year. A few of the budget's highlights: The district's budget is up 4.8 percent from last year. The increase is driven largely by a rise in tuition to charter schools; increases in teacher salaries related to the new Buffalo Teachers Federation contract; and the su…

When Buffalo teachers finally settled their long-standing contract dispute with the school district last fall, some thought it was a signal that their battle-tested leader, Phil Rumore, would ride off into the sunset. Rumore is about to turn 75 and has led the Buffalo Teachers Federation for more than 35 years. But union elections have rolled around again and Rumore …

Each tie was color coordinated with a button-down collared shirt and arranged neatly on a table. There were dozens of them. Striped ties and paisley ties. Long ties and short ties. Blue ties and orange ties. Ties with checkered patterns. Each would go to the boys and young men in attendance at Saturday’s conference at East High School, as a parting gift and fina…

Tyler Harrington told his brother he was "heading to the river." Now his brother thinks Harrington drowned after witnesses reported seeing a man enter the river last Monday. Tyler Harrington, 48, of West Utica Street, a troubled but well-liked musician, was reported missing last week around the same time a man was seen yelling for help in the water near Bird Island. …

Byshop Elliott doesn’t consider himself an activist, or the one you’d normally find on the front lines during a protest or a march. But when repeated attempts to start an after-school club for gay and lesbian students at his high school went ignored by the principal, Elliott knew he had to take a stand. So the 11th grader, who is gay, sued McKinley High School and th…

Out are grass fields that need mowing and that get muddy in the spring. In is synthetic turf. Out are Saturday afternoon games. In are Friday nights under the lights. Out are individual football or soccer fields. In are large, multi-use athletic complexes. If you haven’t noticed, school districts across the Buffalo Niagara region are giving high school sports a mak…

First, there was Shaunice Gamblin. The 15-year-old was fatally shot in March 2016 in a drive-by shooting. The second was Daniel Glover. The 17-year-old was killed by a single gunshot while walking home one night in June. Kristian Piazza was the third. He died in October, gunned down from behind. He was 16 – the same age as the teenager charged last month with his murd…

It took some trimming – a few million dollars here, a half-million dollars there – but the Buffalo Public Schools were able to close a projected $10.2 million deficit and come up with a balanced budget for next year. The gap was closed in large part by coordinating start times at some schools under receivership, allowing Superintendent Kriner Cash to make that move …

A key question about the state’s new tuition-free scholarship program for students attending the State University of New York is what it will mean for kids in Buffalo. Students who graduate high school in the city already have the promise of free college, thanks to Say Yes to Education. The highly-touted non-profit – viewed as a game-changer when it arrived in Buff…

Ticket prices for Buffalo Bills home games would fluctuate based on demand, under a new pricing model announced by the team on Friday. Prices for individual game tickets at New Era Field will be categorized into five tiers – platinum, gold, silver, bronze and preseason – based on the Bills' opponent and time of the year. As football fans purchase tickets for indi…

Carl Paladino’s problems with Barack Obama are well known by now, with his comments about the former president getting him in hot water as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. But there was room for a little levity this week when Superintendent Kriner Cash made a favorable comment about Obamacare, and then shot a sly look at Paladino, trying to get a rise out o…

City Honors School ranked as the 23rd best high school in New York State - tops in the Buffalo region - in the latest rankings of the nation's high schools by U.S. News & World Report. The list, released earlier this week, also placed City Honors as No. 167 among more than 22,000 high schools across the United States. Other local schools on the list of best high…