Saturday, June 7, 2008

Pre-K Fiasco and reject survey/rally on Sunday

More evidence of the massive screw-up in preK admissions, compounding the screw ups in middle school admissions, G and T and everything else that Tweed has put their hands on in recent years. Despite the fact that according to the NY Times, there are there are 23,000 spots for the next school year citywide, 3,000 applicants out of 20,000 received not a single seat. Question: How much did they pay to that outfit in Pennsylvania, that they outsourced the admissions process to? - Leonie Haimson



If you know someone affected by the fiasco in preK admissions, PLEASE PASS ON OR POST THIS SURVEY so their voice can be heard:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=0B4Y3u5DSXKj4qsF7gptpA_3d_3d

Also: THE CITY COUNCIL IS SPONSORING A RALLY AT CITY HALL AT 1 PM ON SUNDAY AT CITY HALL TO GET THE DOE TO TAKE ACTION -- PLEASE BRING YOUR KIDS!

As you have likely heard, a number of public PreK applicants who should have received priority (siblings of older kids already enrolled at that school; zoned kids rejected, while out-of-zone and out-of-district kids were accepted) did not get spots in this year's PreK admissions. As spots are limited in general, some schools simply have more sibling or zoned applicants than there are spots for, but that is not the matter at issue.

If you know of anyone in this situation (anywhere in NYC!) please ask them to complete this survey as we (parents of rejected kids) attempt to get a handle on the scope & outreach thus far. While both Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum & City Councilman Bill De Blasio called a press conference Wednesday demanding the DOE deal with the situation, we have yet to have a proper response from the DOE as a group or individually. They have told the press they will find suitable spots for wrongly rejected kids, but these spots may be in a school elsewhere in one's district. That is unacceptable.

Bay Brown, Mom to rejected twin and accepted twin (although no letter yet) at big sis' school, PS 282, D 13, Brooklyn brown_bay@hotmail.com


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