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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

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…

Education

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…

Buffalo

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…

Education

Another week, another $5 million from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The Wilson Foundation on Monday announced the latest millions headed to the Buffalo area, this time for after-school and summer STEM programs – science, technology, engineering and math. The foundation will award as many as 20 grants of $250,000 each for a total of $5 million. Half will go to S…

Education

J. Efrain Martinez, a longtime leader in local charter school circles, will retire as superintendent of Charter School for Applied Technologies at the end of the school year. A succession plan is in place while there’s a search for a new superintendent, the school announced Friday. Martinez, meanwhile, will stay on part time after June 30 to help with the charter’s r…

Buffalo

Eight months after the Buffalo Public Schools agreed on a developer and downtown location for a new culinary high school, the two sides are finally wrapping up lease negotiations on a project that will be bigger and more costly than originally anticipated. But the school still won't open for almost two years. McGuire Development Co. and Mark Croce’s Buffalo Developme…

Buffalo

Wednesday nights inside an old, cramped board room on the 8th floor of City Hall just haven’t been the same. There’s still friction, bickering and the occasional shouting match that the public has grown accustomed to at meetings of the Buffalo Board of Education. But the tension in the room has been far less palpable since Carl P. Paladino, outspoken and unpredictabl…

Education

The next court date over teacher cuts at City Honors School is scheduled for March 29 before a new judge. The labor dispute between the Buffalo school district and its teachers union was transferred to State Supreme Court Justice Diane Y. Devlin, after Justice John F. O'Donnell recused himself last week upon request of the district. A temporary restraining order is s…

Education

Buffalo parent and anti-violence activists are showing solidarity with students who plan to walk out Wednesday as a demonstration in support of gun-violence prevention. Leaders from several local groups – including the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization, the District Parent Coordinating Council and Buffalo Peacemakers – asked that parents and teachers wear orange and w…

Education

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz may have a supporter in his discussion about merging school districts and consolidating services: State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. But the commissioner is curious how the county executive is going to make it happen. “The reality is how do you get to that and have people agree that they want to do it?” Elia said. …

A Buffalo man was arrested over the weekend for stripping parts from vehicles at an auto supply store on Clinton Street. A police officer spotted the man inside the fenced yard of Clinton Auto Parts, 1125 Clinton St., at about 8 p.m. Saturday, according to police reports. When the officer approached him, the man allegedly tossed aside burglary tools – saw blades, a flas…

A Buffalo man was struck by a bullet after shots rang out on Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry Street early Sunday morning. The shooting happened at about 5:30 a.m. when the 24-year-old man and his girlfriend pulled up to the gas pump at the Mandela Market, at 272 E. Ferry, according to police. He heard several more shots as he drove away. One of the bullets grazed his…

The adult education division of Buffalo Public Schools will host the East Community High School Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the school at 820 Northampton St. The event is part of the "Access to Jobs Pipeline" program which provides workshops to improve work readiness. The job fair is open to adults 18 and older. “Our goal in hosting this event is t…

Crime

A high-speed chase through the towns of Orchard Park and Boston during the early morning hours Sunday reached speeds of more than 100 mph, involved three law enforcement agencies and lasted about a half hour before police caught up with the motorist and charged him with drunken driving. The incident began at around 1:18 a.m. when police tried to stop a vehicle speed…

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State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia calls the idea to arm teachers in schools “ridiculous” and “ludicrous.” “We’ve got to do more than just be reactive to a crisis. We’ve got to be very proactive about this all the time and I think that means constantly reviewing what training you have for your staff,” Elia said. “I am not a proponent of teachers carrying gun…