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Profile of candidate for Buffalo School Board: Hope R. Jay, North District

Hope R. Jay, 47, attorney in private practice

Children in Buffalo Public Schools: One at City Honors

Experience: Former social worker and assistant district attorney

Reasons for running: “I’m a mom. I have a really great personal investment in what goes on in my district and public education.”

Supporters: Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Buffalo Teachers Federation.

Expected campaign budget: $20,000


• Does not think there should be more charter schools in Buffalo.

• Opposes extending either the school day or school year.

• Opposes placing struggling schools in receivership under direct control of the superintendent because Common Core testing used to rate schools is “faulty.”

• Opposes using student test results in teacher evaluations.

• Thinks Superintendent Kriner Cash is doing a “good” job, but it is still too early to evaluate him.

• District priorities for 2016-17 budget should be smaller class sizes in the lower grades, more reading teachers and teacher raises to settle the union contract while eliminating the plastic surgery rider and negotiating a single health provider.


On the divided School Board: “I’m not ready to align with any faction ... coming out of gate saying I’m going to align with a faction, that’s really not beneficial to me.”

On concessions needed from teachers in return for pay commensurate with suburban districts: “I’ve not ever reviewed the teachers contract, or the lack of a contract. So that’s a really hard question for me to answer without knowing the specifics of the contract.”

On the board’s legal battle with LPCiminelli: “Is that what’s in the paper lately with Ciminelli? I don’t have an opinion.”

– Jay Rey