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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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The high school Class of 2013 was the first in Buffalo to benefit from Say Yes to Education, the nonprofit that promises graduates free tuition at state colleges and universities. Four years later, more than a quarter of those who enrolled in college that first year had earned either a bachelor’s or associate degree. That's up from previous classes. Similarly, that s…

An educator and author based in Portland, Ore., will be in Buffalo to discuss her new book, "A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in U.S. Schools," as part of a conversation about race and social justice with local educators and activists. The event with Susan Anglada Bartley, a Buffalo native and graduate of City Honors School, will take place at 7 p.m. on T…

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An electrical fire at the Tops Markets in the City of Tonawanda late Tuesday morning has temporarily shut down the store, City of Tonawanda police said. Firefighters were called to the supermarket at 150 Niagara St. just before noon Tuesday by an employee of the store, said Capt. Fredric Foels. "It was some type of fire in the deli, something electrical," Foels said.…

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Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash earned a “B” from his bosses this year, scoring well on his relationship with the community, but not so high on communication with the School Board. He received high marks from the Board of Education for his emphasis on raising academic achievement, but that’s also an area with some of the biggest question marks. He c…

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All elementary, middle and high schools across New York State now will be required to teach about mental health, under a new law that took effect this month. Billed as the first of its kind in the nation, the legislation was signed into law in 2016, after years of lobbying by the Mental Health Association in New York State. “If you look at the statistics about mental…

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Barbara Seals Nevergold will now sit at the head of the table on two boards. Nevergold on Monday was reappointed as president of the Buffalo Board of Education for the next school year. The Conference of Big 5 School Districts also announced Monday that Nevergold will serve as chair of its organization through June 30 of next year. The Big 5 represents the state's ur…

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It's billed as the largest school solar project in New York State, but good luck trying to find it. It's hard to spot from the ground, but high above – along the rooftops of 19 schools across Buffalo –  is an almost sculpture-like array of solar panels pumping out power for the city school district. The project began four years ago, when the district’s Division of Pl…

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You thought Saturday was hot? The heat's just getting cranked up. "The whole week is going to be pretty hot and humid," said Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Buffalo. "Sunday and Monday are probably going to be our hottest days." The temperature made its way into the mid-80s by late Saturday afternoon at Buffalo-Niagara Internatio…

Education

The Buffalo Board of Education on Wednesday gave its endorsement to the job Superintendent Kriner Cash did this year. Cash received his annual evaluation from the School Board and, for the most part, his bosses feel he's doing a good job running the district. On a scale of 1 to 4, the School Board gave Cash an average score of 3.14. Cash is closing out his third year as…

Education

The Buffalo Public Schools are losing one of the superintendent's cabinet members. David C. Mauricio, the district's chief of strategic alignment and innovation, has been appointed superintendent of the Peekskill City School District, home to roughly 3,300 students located downstate on the Hudson River. Among Mauricio's duties in Buffalo were overseeing district athl…

Education

Friday's announcement that the state awarded $10 million to the Say Yes Buffalo scholarship program to help cover college expenses for recent Buffalo high school graduates didn’t come as a huge surprise. The grant was made public last year as part of the Buffalo Billion II. The announcement, however, did provide more clarity about the relationship between Say Yes and…

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Before classes wind down and thousands of kids take off for the summer, the Buffalo school district offered the public an update on what's been going on the past school year. A "Town Hall Meeting" on Tuesday – billed as the first, but not the last – gave Superintendent Kriner Cash and Board President Barbara A. Seals Nevergold a chance to field questions and concerns fr…

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More budget help could be on the way for Buffalo Public Schools. The state Senate last week joined the Assembly by passing a bill that changes the way school districts are reimbursed for payments to charter schools. In the case of Buffalo, that adjustment would free up more than $9 million for the district next year. State Sen. Chris Jacobs and Assemblywoman Crystal …

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You probably won’t notice just by watching students walk across the stage in caps and gowns this month, but the road to a high school diploma has changed. New York State has made a series of changes the past few years that give kids more opportunities to graduate, but also feed criticism that more students will leave high school unprepared. No longer is graduating as…

Buffalo Public Schools is sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave. The meeting, hosted by School Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold and Superintendent Kriner Cash, will provide the public with some highlights from the school year and an update on the district's reform pl…