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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 creator of the CBS megahit "CSI" and its spinoffs was in Buffalo on Wednesday to donate 2,500 of his graphic novels for teens to libraries throughout the Buffalo Public Schools. Anthony Zuiker and his wife, Michelle Territo, a Western New York native, have been promoting their new series of graphic novels designed to help kids cope with social issues, including divo…

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Many a graduate of South Park High School has gone off to war and never returned. Robert Moyle, an aspiring doctor from South Park’s Class of 1940, was a medic killed on Okinawa while trying to save the life of a wounded Marine. Pfc. Ronald Halliman, Class of '49, was reported missing in action during the Korean War after his unit was overrun in the Battle of Pusan. …

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State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia would not be in favor of a Buffalo Board of Education that was appointed by the mayor. “I just don’t think that’s a better system,” Elia said. “We have a long-standing – centuries-standing – tradition of having representatives from the community being involved in education,” she said. “I think that’s a good thing.” That …

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The public is invited to a meeting of the Anti-bullying Task Force from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the main auditorium of the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. This community-wide initiative is spearheaded by the Erie County juvenile justice system and the Buffalo Public Schools and includes representatives from as many as two dozen local partners, includ…

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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 …