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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.

It was about an hour and a half into what would be an otherwise routine meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night, when four people stood up in the council chambers of City Hall to lead a protest calling for the removal of School Board member Carl Paladino. "All in favor of the removal of Carl Paladino from the board say, 'Aye!'" they said. "Aye!" cam…

The State Education Department has designated tens of millions of dollars over the next five years to fund local programs serving students in high-poverty and low-performing schools. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's unclear just how much of that federal money schools and agencies will actually see beyond the first year. President Trump's budget elimi…

Wisconsin’s supporters woke up to an 11 degree day. The Fighting Irish faithful drove through snow – off three Great Lakes. For Princeton, Villanova and Virginia Tech’s fans, it was the wind. While we were battling the two-day storm known as “Stella,” getting to Buffalo on Wednesday wasn’t easy for fans coming to the NCAA Tournament basketball games wh…

The admissions process to one of the best schools in Buffalo has changed to force more racial diversity and ensure the system does not  discriminate against minority students. But are the new rules discriminating against students from charter and private schools? That’s the contention of some parents upset after learning more about how the Buffalo Public Schools…

These are anxious days for Buffalo parents waiting word from arguably the most prestigious school in the city and wondering: Did my kid get in? Acceptance letters for City Honors are due out this week, and a series of changes in admissions to force more racial diversity in the school has made the process more competitive. Up for grabs are 154 seats spread throughout …

Out is the old federal education policy, No Child Left Behind, which ushered in the controversial Common Core, made schools more accountable for student performance, placed a bigger emphasis on testing and sparked a widespread opt-out movement. In is the new policy, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which still mandates high standards and accountability, but is supposed to …

They lined the walls of the auditorium – all men, all dressed in black, most of them African-American – bringing a simple message for the boys of this Buffalo high school: We’re here for you – all 101 of us. "This school has been written off by a lot of people," the Rev. Gene Coplin Jr. said, as he addressed the boys, "but we say, ‘We need you.’ " "You are o…

Last week, state officials rushed to the defense of transgender students. This week, it's students who are immigrants. The offices of the State Education Department and Attorney General sent a letter advising districts about their duty to uphold the rights of immigrant children to attend public school in New York, now that both agencies have begun fielding questions …

They marched in January over concerns about women’s issues. They protested two weeks later over a crackdown on immigration. [Gallery: Rally for transgender civil rights] And on Sunday – for the third time in a little over a month – people from across the Buffalo region turned out once again in protest over the latest move by President Donald Trump. A few-…

President Trump’s executive order to rescind the bathroom policy for transgender students punts the controversial decision back into the hands of the states. And New York is doubling down. The state’s attorney general and education commissioner objected on Thursday to the president’s latest executive order and reminded school districts they are obligated by sta…

By Jay Rey News Staff Reporter If you want to measure which students are falling short in high school, the Class of 2016 holds some clues. Despite a rise in graduation rates last year - reaching 81 percent statewide - data from the Class of 2016 shows there are still troubling, long-standing gaps in achievement among populations of students: Boys. Blacks and…

A Buffalo mother has enlisted the aid of a Common Council member and a parent organization to publicize her claim that she was charged with educational neglect and had her two children taken away because she was home schooling them. But Buffalo Public Schools officials responded that Kiarre Harris' problems with Child Protective Services have nothing to do with hom…

Buffalo's high school graduation rate is continuing to climb, with 64 percent of the Class of 2016 graduating on time. This is an improvement from a 52.4 percent graduation rate eight years earlier. The Buffalo gains underscore a trend seen across New York, where the graduation rate has been steadily rising over the past decade. Educators credit improvements in th…

Buffalo graduated 64 percent of its students from the Class of 2016, at least the second straight year the school district showed some progress in getting more kids to earn their high school diplomas. That's up from 61 percent the prior year. The state Education Department on Friday released the new figures, which represent the percentage of students who graduated in…

At 18, four years into high school and behind on credits, Jasmine Szymanski is faced with the reality that she has a lot of catching up to do if she’s going to graduate in June. So she shows up at school, logs onto a computer and spends the day completing her coursework online. On this morning, it’s literary elements and devices for English III. “I feel like I …