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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.

While the champions and defenders of science marched on Washington to deliver their message, they made their presence known in Buffalo, too. A couple thousand people joined the local March for Science on Saturday afternoon, when they gathered at Soldier Circle. They paraded up Lincoln Parkway to Delaware Park, where they rallied behind the Rose Garden against what they …

When Lackawanna firefighters arrived early Saturday morning at an apartment fire in Ingham Avenue,  they saw  residents jumping out of the building and other  crawling out of second-story windows onto a porch roof. Fire firefighters went into the building and rescued a mother and her child. They also led others down ladders. "There were people jumping out of the u…

About 32,000 students would benefit from the state's new tuition-free scholarship program for State University of New York colleges, the Cuomo administration projects. Roughly 180,000 students attending SUNY colleges or universities currently pay no tuition, because it's fully covered by the state's Tuition Assistance Program and federal PELL grants, according to Robert…

Public and private college presidents hold completely different views of the new tuition-free scholarship program for State University of New York colleges – an initiative pushed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that figures to change the higher-education landscape in New York State. Those at public institutions – where students from families earning less than $100,000 a yea…

The young girl peered through the window into the school courtyard and saw that the rain had stopped. “Can we ride our bikes outside?” she asked. “Yes,” said Jonathan Piret, her instructor, “but if you ride outside you can’t ride inside anymore because the water will make it slippery.” She was already out the door. After a long winter being coop…

State aid for New York’s schools will increase by more than $1 billion, which is more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo originally proposed. That’s the good news for districts. The bad news is that not every school district will see an increase, and for those that do, it may not be nearly as much as they had hoped to catch up from years of past cuts. One superintendent refe…

South Park High School,   150 Southside Parkway, will host its next Community School event from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22. The family event is free and open to the public. Activities include a craft fair, vendor tables, arts and crafts, fitness classes, science experiments, bingo, a basket raffle, swimming and lacrosse. The event also includes a free br…

The paperwork and posturing continue – while legal bills mount – in the case to oust Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo Board of Education, with his attorney now asking the state education commissioner to delay a decision because he plans to sue for monetary damages and annulment of the petitions against him. Paladino submitted more legal papers to the State Educat…

Bill Kindel, a former Amherst Town Board member and chairman of town's Conservative Party, will formally announce his candidacy for the upcoming Town Board elections during his first campaign event at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Loughran's Restaurant, 4543 Main St., Snyder. Kindel, who served five four-year terms as a Town Board member during 50 years of involvement in Amherst …

Protesters in Buffalo have taken aim at President Donald Trump during his first few months in office. They marched over concerns about women's issues. They protested over a crackdown on immigration. And they rallied over transgender civil rights. But Saturday was a chance for Trump supporters to show their backing for the president, as at least a couple hundred peop…

Millions of dollars that were being withheld from struggling schools in Buffalo and across the state have started flowing again. A court decision made public this week forced the state Division of Budget to start releasing $69 million in grant funding, about $3 million of which made its way to Buffalo Public Schools this week, according to the State Education Department…

The Cuomo administration has lost another round in court over the millions of dollars in aid it has been withholding for 20 struggling schools across New York, including five in Buffalo. A decision by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court orders the state budget director to release the rest of the money promised – more than $69 million – to help turn around …

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…