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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

Education was one area of positive news in a spending proposal that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called his most challenging budget. School aid would go up 3 percent under Cuomo's plan, and the poorest districts would see the most operating aid yet, but the governor said he wants to ensure that the poorest schools get the funding. The governor's budget proposal includes a $5…

Buffalo

The call for a moratorium on new charter schools in Buffalo didn't go anywhere – but the underlying message still got through in Albany. The issue came up again last week when the State University of New York renewed the charter for the King Center Charter School on Newburgh Avenue, but only based on the school meeting some additional academic conditions to be eligible …

Education

Another Buffalo charter school could be closing its doors. The state, citing poor performance, is recommending that Oracle Charter School not have its charter renewed and close at the end of the school year in June. School leaders have been breaking the news to teachers, students and parents over the past couple of days. But they also said that Oracle, now in its 13t…

Buffalo

A public forum on Metro Bus transportation for Buffalo students will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. The forum is hosted by the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization and a coalition of community organizations that want better bus service and treatment for thousands of students who rely on the Niaga…

Education

Teachers at City Honors School no longer would have to monitor the cafeteria during lunches or supervise study halls or keep watch at the front sign-in desk. Those are daily, routine duties required of most teachers at every other Buffalo school. Instead, Buffalo Public Schools would be forced to pay nearly $600,000 a year to hire teacher aides to handle those and other…

Education

Three students from Buffalo got their chance to have their science project launched into space. Now, six more from the Southern Tier will get their turn. Six students from Wellsville Secondary School in Allegany County were selected to have their science experiment tested on the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for sometime in 2018. The six student…

Local News

Duaine and Michelle Miller of Williamsville have been loyal Buffalo News carriers for the past five years, but early Monday they played the role of rescuers. It was around 6:45 a.m., still dark, when the husband and wife team were on their route along Mill Street in the village — Michelle behind the wheel of their Chevy HHR, Duaine in the backseat folding and bagging ne…

Education

North Park, one of Buffalo’s stronger neighborhoods, has good housing stock, lots of middle-class families and a bustling business corridor along Hertel Avenue. It also has a public school – one that only a handful of kids from the neighborhood choose to attend. Now there’s a move afoot to fix that. Buffalo Public Schools has set out to “reclaim” the North Park ne…

Education

Buffalo Public Schools officials aren't only trying to overhaul academics. They're revamping the district's athletics program, too, and will get an assist from some high-powered partners. Pegula Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and ADPRO Sports, the locally based company that produces custom uniform…

Education

Teachers at a Buffalo school are pleading with the Buffalo Board of Education to remove their principal for allegedly making inappropriate comments to kids and staff alike, while ignoring student misbehavior that has created an unsafe atmosphere throughout the building. Teachers from School 18, a Pre-K to 8 school on West Avenue, have taken their complaints directly to …

A familiar, trusted Buffalo institution has submitted a proposal to help turn around one of the city's struggling public schools. The University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Education was one of only two applicants interested in taking over at BUILD Academy to improve the academic performance at the Pre-K to 8 school located on Fougeron Street on the city's East Side…

Education

Cleaning up the region’s waterways has already proven to be a boost for Buffalo. Think Canalside, or kayaking the Buffalo River, or new apartments on Ohio Street. But can this waterfront resurgence help turn around a Buffalo high school? That’s the hope for Riverside Institute of Technology on Ontario Street along the Niagara River, where this year’s incoming fres…

Buffalo Prep is hosting a series of upcoming information sessions for parents of fifth, sixth and seventh graders who want to learn more about the academic program and its admissions process. Located on the University at Buffalo South Campus, Buffalo Prep is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides after-school and summer enrichment to help minority…

Education

Homeless students in New York City fared better on state assessment tests than students in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse who had never been homeless. Meanwhile, more than 16 percent of students in the Buffalo Public Schools who took the state tests two years ago were either homeless or had been homeless at one time. In either case, those students were about half as li…

Education

A student is sent to the principal’s office for bad behavior – maybe mouthing off to the teacher, cursing or disrupting class. But what’s troubling some Buffalo teachers is that those kids are getting sent back to the classroom with little or no consequences. That’s according to the Buffalo Teachers Federation, which has raised the matter with district officials afte…