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
ON THE ISSUES:
• 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.
IN HER OWN WORDS:
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