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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 high school Class of 2017 continued to push graduation rates upward, both in the Buffalo region and across New York State. Roughly half the high schools in the area saw graduation rates rise from the previous year, including Grand Island, Williamsville East, Eden, Sweet Home, Maryvale and Cleveland Hill, according to new figures released Wednesday. Buffalo held s…

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Two Buffalo Police officers injured Monday after a vehicle rear-ended a patrol car parked on the side of the Kensington Expressway were both treated at Erie County Medical Center and released, according to a Buffalo Police spokesman. The crash happened at around 10:30 a.m. on the westbound Kensington, near the Scajaquada Expressway, where two patrol vehicles were stoppe…

Education

She is by no means the only girl in her school to wear a hijab – a head scarf. But Farhiya Diriye, 16, wanted her classmates to understand why she wore one. She wanted them to know how hot it can be underneath that veil wrapped around her head or how it evoked stares when she walked into a room. So she invited them to wear one for the day. On Thursday, 46 female s…

The Buffalo school district is asking the state for a 3.8 percent hike in basic foundation aid for next year. That's $19.4 million more than Buffalo received this school year, and about $11.5 million more than  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed in his 2018-19 budget. Superintendent Kriner Cash made the request Wednesday during joint State Legislature budget hearings in A…

Education

Buffalo schools and its teachers union are further apart than originally thought in resolving the dispute over City Honors teachers being assigned “non-teaching” duties. Both sides hoped to strike a deal, but an exchange of proposals and counter proposals in recent weeks have gone nowhere. Instead, the school district has begun to implement a plan that it had hoped t…

Education

Each year around this time, eighth-graders in Buffalo await word on where they will attend public high school and hope it will be their school of first choice. Who decides? For years, it was a small “selection” committee at the individual high schools. How are the students chosen? Grades, discipline record, student needs. Factors have varied from school to scho…

Education

Fewer than 10 percent of Buffalo teachers who responded to a new survey believe disruptive student behavior is being handled quickly and properly in their schools. Instead, the majority say, student behavior is either being dealt with inconsistently by school administrators or not being dealt with at all. In fact, nearly a third of the teachers say student behavior i…

Festivals

Yes, Buffalo is a beer town. But you wouldn’t have known it by the crowd at the Buffalo Whiskey Fest Sunday afternoon. Some 1,200 people bought tickets for the inaugural event, where they milled their way through the ballrooms in the Hotel @ The Lafayette, elbow-to-elbow, sampling 83 different brands of whiskey. “I’m surprised that there are this many whiskey love…

A special meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education has been called for 5 p.m. Monday in the district board room at 801 City Hall. The board, which is expected to convene in executive session, will take up a few matters, including negotiations with Substitutes United of Buffalo. The union representing substitute teachers has been calling for a new contract. The board…

Education

Oracle Charter School got a chance Thursday to make its case for staying open, but the state made no decision. The state, citing poor performance, is recommending that the high school of more than 300 students at 888 Delaware Ave. not have its charter renewed and close at the end of the school year in June. Leadership at Oracle made its  appeal in front of a panel fr…

Buffalo

Crystal Boling-Barton ruled over McKinley High School as principal for more than 30 years, until last May when she was placed on paid administrative leave amid a federal lawsuit accusing her of stonewalling attempts to create an after-school club for gay students. The school district settled the lawsuit in September, but Barton has remained on leave. Why was unclear …

Buffalo schools got dinged by the Internal Revenue Service last year, so to ensure there's no more problems the district is zeroing in on two areas: the last remnants of the controversial cosmetic surgery rider and the Civil-War-era payment scheme for compensating its building engineers.   The Buffalo Board of Education agreed to hire outside legal counsel to he…

Education

The Buffalo Board of Education has reached a $50,000 settlement with its former attorney. The settlement with former general counsel Rashondra Martin stemmed from her state Division of Human Rights complaint filed against the Board of Education following her dismissal two years ago. Martin had alleged she was fired in retaliation for previously filing two civil right…

The State Education Department on Thursday reported a data breach that affected 52 students from five schools around the state, including one from St. Amelia School in the Town of Tonawanda. The state's data vendor, Questar Assessment Inc., said an unauthorized user – it suspects a former employee – accessed a company account about three weeks ago to view data on studen…

Education

A much different story of Buffalo's School 18 emerged Wednesday, a month after teachers went to the Board of Education seeking the removal of the school's principal. This time, supporters came to the principal's defense and dismissed allegations that she is ignoring student misbehavior or making inappropriate comments to kids and staff. "To say that our principal is …