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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.


Buffalo

There’s new life for Fosdick Field. The Buffalo Public Schools has agreed to step in and take ownership of the four acres of grassy land in front of City Honors School so it can be used for an athletic field and recreation, rather than revert back to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority for other development. “We’re thrilled – beyond thrilled – with the superinten…

Education

Only a third of students from poor and middle-income families in Erie County graduate college on time in New York, a new study shows. That’s a little better than the statewide average. But their outcomes in college also vary widely depending on where they went to high school. Riverside, South Park and Burgard, for example, had the lowest percentage of students go …

Buffalo

The movement to observe the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, rather than Columbus Day, continues in communities across the United States, including here in Buffalo. The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization, working on behalf of supporters and parents at the district’s Native American Magnet School on West Delavan Avenue, has asked the Buffalo Board of…

Local News

A man and woman were killed early Thursday in Orleans County after their vehicle struck a deer, careened off the road and became submerged in a creek. Pronounced dead at the scene were the driver, Brooke E. Allen, 21, from Lyndonville, and her passenger, Richard Forder, 20, from Albion, Orleans County Undersheriff Christopher Bourke said. The Sheriff's Office was cal…

Buffalo

The clock has passed midnight on a plan to turn four acres of grassy land adjacent to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus into a multimillion dollar athletic field. The property, known as Fosdick Field, situated next to City Honors School, was acquired a few years ago by a nonprofit for an athletic field and neighborhood recreation space, but the foundation couldn't affo…

Amherst

Park School is setting a high bar for science education in Western New York, with the opening of its new science center. The 11,000-square-foot building has four state-of-the art classrooms, a field station with an overhead door for easy access to the nearby marsh and extensive glass throughout, to draw in the light and natural surroundings of the private school’s 34-ac…

Buffalo

Two people were struck by gunfire Saturday evening in the 300 block of Hopkins Street, near Tifft Street, Buffalo police said. The shooting happened at about 8 p.m. while the two were inside a vehicle. The victims – a 23-year-old male and a 27-year-old female – suffered serious injuries and were taken to Erie County Medical Center, according to a Buffalo Police Twitter …

Buffalo

An influx of young, immigrant families has helped revive the city’s Black Rock and Riverside neighborhoods in recent years, but there was one important piece that was missing: Places for kids to play soccer. Help came Saturday with the announcement of $80,000 in state funding for new mini-pitches along the Scajaquada Pathway on city-owned land off Amherst Street in Blac…

Buffalo

A car thief had to flee for his life Saturday after the vehicle’s owner pulled out a gun and fired off a round to try to prevent his car from being stolen. The confrontation happened just before 7 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Walden Avenue and Harmonia Street in the city’s Martin Luther King Park neighborhood, according to police reports. The owner of the gold, fou…

Buffalo

A Town of Tonawanda woman was arrested for striking a man with her vehicle early Saturday morning in the city's Fruit Belt neighborhood, Buffalo police said. Police accused Krystal E. Washington, 24, of Commodore Avenue, of hitting a Buffalo man with the 2007 Chevy Impala that she was driving around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Lemon and High streets, according t…

Local News

Three people are dead after a fiery head-on collision between a pickup truck and a van Saturday morning in Orleans County, state police said. The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Saturday on Route 63 in the Town of Shelby when a U-Haul van headed southbound, driven by a 80-year-old man,  crossed the center line and struck an oncoming pickup truck, said Trooper James O’C…

Education

The University at Buffalo will “stay the course,” its president said Friday. “Clearly, our guiding principles steered us well,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi, noting they have guided UB for more than a decade and pushed it up the rankings among the nation’s public research universities. “So, as we look to the future, we will stay the course.” “We know we are o…

Education

More than 1,200 students in the Buffalo Public Schools are still unable to return to school this week because their vaccinations are not up to date. A new state law cracking down on school immunizations and threatening districts with fines forced schools in Buffalo to send home kids this past week, starting a lot of finger-pointing as parents scrambled to set up doctor’…

A Buffalo elementary school was one of 19 schools in New York State recognized Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education. Frederick Law Olmsted School 64, a pre-K through 4 school at 874 Amherst St., was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2019. Olmsted 64 – home to the district's longtime gifted and talented program – was one of 312 public and 50 private scho…

Education

Fallout over the City Honors teacher arrested on child pornography and sexual misconduct charges continued Wednesday with parent leaders calling on the Buffalo Public Schools to go beyond a “see something, say something” approach to being more proactive by providing more comprehensive health education to students. Students at all grade levels need age-appropriate health…