Education is vital to this community and the Department of Education has failed to provide adequate capacity to meet the needs of its residents and are leaving children and families behind. Uprooting children out of their community is detrimental to their development and is clearly not the answer.
The New York City Department of Education has been aware of the need for additional classroom space for several years and has failed to act. The lack of capacity has only grown worse as wait-listed families have reached a critical mass this year. Education is vital to this community and the Department of Education has failed to provide adequate capacity to meet the needs of its residents and are leaving children and families behind. The DOE's solution is to wait and see how many families take themselves off the list prior to the beginning of the school year. As residents of the downtown community, we demand a solution that is child centered.
This year is worse than ever, and we are being told that the DOE is taking the unprecedented step of sending kindergarten children to overflow schools in neighborhoods far from their homes. We demand that the DOE create seats for all the wait-listed students in their zoned school, including those who attended Pre-Kindergarten in their zoned school before the school year starts.
All Kindergarten students should have the right to attend public school in their local community, not just the fortunate students who won the enrollment lottery. Kindergarten is now a mandated grade, and they must create more classrooms to accommodate all students in their zoned school. We will not accept the solution of sending our children to an overflow school outside of our local community.