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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.


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A gunman unleashed a flurry of bullets early Sunday morning along Genesee Street on the city's East Side, spraying a vehicle and the outside of a bar, but causing no injuries, Buffalo police said. The incident was reported around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Genesee and Fox streets, about six blocks west of Fillmore Avenue. Police recovered 30 shell casings at …

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A 29-year-old Buffalo man told police over the weekend that he was pistol-whipped and shot at during the early morning hours while on the city's West Side. The Cornwall Avenue man was at Grant Street and Lafayette Avenue just after midnight on Saturday when he was approached by three males who accused the man of following them, according to police reports. One of the…

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A Buffalo Common Council member has been barred from stepping foot on Buffalo Public School property after bringing a loaded gun inside a city high school earlier this week. Masten District Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo was notified Friday by the school district that he is “not permitted to be on, in, or around any Buffalo City School District property or attend any e…

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Say Yes Buffalo moved a $1 million closer to its goal of raising enough money to provide kids of Buffalo free tuition at state colleges and universities for generations to come. The nonprofit on Friday announced a $1 million gift from the Jacobs family, owners of Delaware North, the global food service and hospitality company headquartered in Buffalo. It’s the second…

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Spending will be up 1.2% next year in the Buffalo Public Schools under a $927.4 million general fund budget adopted Wednesday by the School Board. The district, which gets 85% of its funding from the state, got $19.6 million more in state aid for 2019-20, but still used $10 million in reserves to balance the budget. The budget continues to fund major reforms, dubbed …

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More feedback is sought from Buffalo parents before the Board of Education weighs in on the latest controversy – this one over next year’s school calendar. Students would not start classes until Sept. 11 – more than a full week after Labor Day – and would lose their traditional February break, under a district calendar being considered for the 2019-20 school year. Th…

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The final seat on the Buffalo Board of Education appears to be set. Kathy Evans-Brown hung on to her election night lead over challenger Patricia A. Elliott, after absentee ballots were opened Wednesday at the Erie County Board of Elections, the two candidates confirmed. “I concede gracefully,” Elliott told The Buffalo News. “I am fully supportive of her.” Electio…

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Public school students in Buffalo would not start classes until Sept. 11 – more than a full week after Labor Day – and would lose their traditional February break under a district calendar being considered for the 2019-20 school year. Neither are likely to sit well with parents. But the Buffalo Board of Education is expected to consider that option after weeks of unr…

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Don’t turn the page on the Buffalo School Board elections just yet. Keep an eye on Tuesday’s results in the East District, where Kathy Evans-Brown edged out Patricia A. Elliott by 31 votes to win a three-year seat on the School Board, according to unofficial tallies from the Erie County Board of Elections. As of Wednesday, though, there were at least 64 absentee ball…

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Four new faces will join five incumbents on the Buffalo Board of Education come July – capping an election Tuesday that saw all nine seats on the ballot for the first time in 15 years. In the Park District, incumbent Louis Petrucci beat down a challenge from Austin Harig for a three-year term on the School Board representing South Buffalo, according to unofficial result…

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Enrollment in the Buffalo Public Schools has been going down, but the number of teachers and staff hired to educate the kids continues to go up – and so does employee compensation in next year's budget. The school system has seen a 3% drop in enrollment from five years ago, but at the same time it has added 619 full-time employees – mostly teachers and aides. That’s an …

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Tuesday's election for the Buffalo Board of Education is supposed to be the biggest in years — the first time since 2004 all nine board seats are on the ballot. But is anyone out there paying attention? Despite any number of critical issues facing the troubled urban school system, where too few kids are reading at grade level and only two-thirds graduate on time, his…

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City Honors School once again ranked as the best high school in the Buffalo region, and one of the best in New York State, in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The list, released earlier this week, ranked City Honors as the 19th best in the state. The school on East North Street also graded out as the 143rd best in the nation among more than 17,000 ra…

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For the first time in 15 years, Buffalo voters on Tuesday will pick candidates for all nine seats on the Board of Education. Incumbents in the Central, Ferry, North and West districts are running unopposed. Here is a rundown on candidates for three-year terms in the East and Park districts and for three five-year terms as an at-large member. The School Board oversees…

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will discuss education initiatives and future plans for the Education Department during a presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for Tomorrow on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst. The public is welcome. Elia's visit was arranged through UB's Graduate School of Education and its alu…