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Quinn: Don't Relocated Pre-K's to Fit Kindergarten Classes
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
New York, NY —
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she's uncomfortable with the Education Department's plan to consider moving pre-kindergarten classes out of two schools in Greenwich Village to accommodate a growing number of kindergarten students.
QUINN: The plan is basically to fix the kindergarten problem by creating a pre-kindergarten problem. And I don't think an appropriate response to a real problem of a shortage of kindergarten in my district, is to pit four-year-olds and five-year-olds against each other.
Parents staged a rally at City Hall this afternoon because of concerns about kindergarten waiting lists. The city says it expects most students will eventually get seats and any plan to relocate pre-K classes would be temporary.