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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 Buffalo region made a list of best places in the United States for public education – based on how much money is spent. The metro area ranked high in per pupil spending on a list compiled by MagnifyMoney, a website that features product comparisons for consumers. The region's $20,773 per pupil spending in 2015 came in at No. 3 on the list, behind only metro Hartf…

Education

The budget season didn’t bring nearly as much money from the state as the Buffalo Public Schools had hoped. Employee costs are on the rise. Payments to charter schools keep going up. And for the third consecutive year, the school district continues to move full speed ahead funding its reform effort, the New Education Bargain. It all leads to the school district st…

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A new survey of students in the Buffalo Public Schools offers a more detailed picture of the myriad issues and circumstances many kids face outside the classroom. Of those who took the survey: Nearly a third of high school students said they have seen someone shot, stabbed or beaten in their neighborhood. About one in 10 said they often have been beaten or physi…

The Teacher's Desk has been awarded a total of $12,500 by First Niagara Foundation and KeyBank Foundation so the store on Northampton Street can expand its literacy program. The Teacher's Desk - where teachers of students in need shop free of charge for schools supplies, reading materials and classroom resources - will use the funds to acquire and distribute more than 2…

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One of the largest single gifts an individual ever bestowed upon the region is for the kids of the City of Buffalo. A $25 million gift being announced Friday serves as a down payment to help ensure students in Buffalo have free college tuition for generations to come, courtesy of a Western New Yorker who has always had a soft spot for education and kids determined to su…

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Are students in Buffalo Public Schools disciplined too much? Or not enough? A group focused on social justice issues is weighing in. VOICE Buffalo, a community organizing network, says there are way too many student suspensions in the Buffalo school district and is offering to lend a hand in training more teachers, staff and parents in "restorative" practices, lik…

The New York State assessments got off to a bit of a bumpy start this week. Students around the state had problems with computer-based testing Wednesday. Some teachers said the second day of testing requires short and long writing passages, which is taking some children hours to complete. And in Buffalo, teachers were irked that some administrators are giving in…

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If your kids are taking the state standardized test in English language arts this week, or in math next month, don’t be surprised to find out they’re not as skilled in either subject as New York thinks they should be. Most kids aren’t. While that can vary from school to school and grade to grade, on average a little more than a third of all students who took the grad…

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The town hall-style forum Saturday in Buffalo didn’t break any new ground in the conversation over how to prevent gun violence or keep kids safe from mass shootings. It didn’t settle any debates over banning assault rifles. But the young organizers of the event believe it helped further the dialogue on an issue where their generation is leading the charge. “I hope th…

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Graduating high school is a struggle for many kids in Buffalo, but none more so than for those learning English. They may understand little to nothing of what’s taught in class, or sit quietly in the back afraid to ask for help, or silently grapple with the emotional trauma they carry with them. Only about one in four English language learners from the Class of 2017 …

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July 28, 1928 – March 28, 2018 Dr. Edmond J. Gicewicz graduated from the University of Buffalo as a star athlete nearly 70 years ago, but he never truly left his alma mater. He was the physician for the football team for nearly three decades and he served on the UB Council for almost two. He held appointments as an assistant professor, and he was past president of th…

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The legal battle over teacher cuts at City Honors School continued Thursday with no resolution. But State Supreme Court Justice Diane Y. Devlin strongly urged both sides resolve it over the next month "before I rule on this case." The Buffalo Teachers Federation had sought an injunction to stop the transfer of 5.5 teaching positions. Devlin, however, extended a temporar…

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Buffalo schools will live to fight another day in court over how much a developer actually profited on the district’s $1.3 billion renovation and construction project. The school district’s lawsuit to force LPCiminelli to release those financial records was all but dead, until two weeks ago when an appellate court ruling breathed new life into the case and raised furthe…

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Buffalo Public Schools said there was no data breach or information lost during an attack on its computer network. District officials said it encountered a "denial of service" attack on Wednesday, which is when someone floods a network with so much traffic it prevents users from accessing Internet service, explained William Russo, the district's director of instructiona…

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Parents and teachers from a South Buffalo school went down to City Hall hoping to save their principal's job. Instead, he was fired. The termination turned into a public spectacle Wednesday when more than two dozen parents and teachers from Discovery School 67, at 911 Abbott Road, pleaded with the Board of Education to reinstate Principal David Thomas, who has been o…