Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
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.