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Anarchy in the Pre-K: Troubles Not Limited to the Affluent

June 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Today’s Daily News deals with an important part of the Anarchy in the Pre-K situation: the fact that affluent parents in Park Slope and other neighborhoods haven’t been the only ones impacted by the partial meltdown of the selection and admission system. The troubles are hitting parents of modest means in less privileged neighborhoods too who participate less in online email lists that tend to get attention for problems. Per the NYDN:

Middle-class parents in Park Slope and Williamsburg have been outraged by the city’s prekindergarten application mixups – but the new system may have posed a problem for poorer residents, too. Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Public School 3 has space for 54 prekindergarten students for next fall, but parents didn’t know about the new application rules – so only 18 slots were filled. “It seems like such a daunting task, when [last year] it was so easy – just go to your neighborhood school and sign up,” said PS 3 literacy coach Lisa North.

“In a place like Bed-Stuy, people move around a lot. They live with other people. I’m sure our parents never got [notice].” This year, parents were required to send in an application by April 18 – and then go to schools to register if their children were admitted.

There is no word yet on how, when or if the problems are going to be fixed.

Tags: Bed-Stuy · Education

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