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theschoolboards
06-11-2011, 08:18 AM
From the N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/11/nyregion/more-rejections-for-pre-k-slots-in-new-york.html) by Fernanda Santos:

There were more applications for children to enter prekindergarten classes in New York City this year than last, but a smaller proportion of them ended up getting in: 68 percent, down from 72 percent.

The increased number of applications — 28,815, compared with 25,487 last year — and long waiting lists for kindergarten led to the higher rejection rate, as crowded schools across the city cut pre-K classes to make room for the older children, portending a potential crisis in early-education services, which have suffered repeated budget cuts in recent years.

Some principals were told they would have to get rid of a prekindergarten class weeks ago. Others found out the day before the letters were sent. Many are worried about running out of space in school buildings that are at or near capacity: a kindergarten class has up to 25 children, 7 more than are allowed in pre-K.

“Either we don’t take any kindergarten students in 2012, which is probably not an option, or I won’t have room for my incoming fourth graders that year,” said Cecilia Jackson, principal of Pioneer Academy in Corona, Queens, an elementary school that has been phasing in a grade a year since opening in 2008.

The city ordered Pioneer, which had the second-largest kindergarten waiting list in the city, to give up one of its two full-day prekindergarten classes and replace it with two more kindergarten classes in the fall. Public School 107 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, whose building is so crowded there is no auditorium or gym, will trade its only prekindergarten class for more kindergartners.

Students who were not matched can have applications submitted again during the summer for seats that might be vacant or created if the city and the state provide more money for the program.

“This is by no means the last chance,” said Matthew Mittenthal, a spokesman for the Education Department.

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theschoolboards
06-11-2011, 08:30 AM
From Insideschools.org (http://insideschools.org/blog/2011/06/10/nearly-9000-shut-out-in-pre-k-first-round/) by Pamela Wheaton:

Out of 28,815 applicants, 19,834 were offered seats today in public school programs but 8,981 were not. Last year there were just over 25,000 applicants, and nearly 7,000 did not have seats after the first round.

There will be a second round of admissions in July along with a new directory listing schools and community organizations that still have seats. During last year’s second round, 8500 applied for 6764 open seats. According to a DOE spokesperson, there are “tens of thousands of seats offered by community-based organizations.”

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