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Small Uptick in First Choice Matches for Kindergarten

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This year more families got into their first and second choices for kindergarten in a public school than last year. Ten percent of applicants did not get into any school on their list. 
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NYC Parents Go Shopping for Kindergarten

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Many parents of four-year-olds are filling their days with information sessions and school tours in an effort to find a classroom that’s just right for their child.
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Showtime: Application Season for Kindergarten Opens

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Application season may be an annual ritual but this year there's a big change: Families are being told to apply online rather than go to their local schools to submit the paperwork in person.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Funding Pre-K

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It's Education Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

NYC Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio says he will tax the wealthy to pay for expanded pre-K; Joe Lhota opposes the idea. Geoffrey Decker, staff reporter at GothamSchools.org, examines both proposals and the research around the impact of pre-K on education and poverty.

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Schoolbook

Kindergarten Applications Going Digital

Thursday, September 12, 2013

When the 2014-15 application period opens for kindergarten,  New York City parents will have the option to apply online or by phone rather than personally visiting every school on their list and filling out multiple applications by hand. It may sound modest but Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott called the new system "a major game changer."

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Calling All Five Year Olds for Kindergarten

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Education Department is collecting thousands of kindergarten applications ahead of the March 1 deadline. There may be an uptick in the number of families applying this year because all five-year-old New Yorkers are now required to attend school.

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City Replaces One of the Required G&T Tests

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

New York City is changing the way children are tested for gifted and talented programs in its public schools this winter. It's replacing one of the two exams with another that the Department of Education says will level the playing field for children of different languages and cultures.

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Schoolbook

Conditional 'Yes' on Money for 24 City Schools

Monday, June 25, 2012

Last week ended with a flurry of news, in part because of the conclusion of the legislative session in Albany. But before departing for the weekend, the state Education Department slipped in a decision on providing $60 million in aid to 24 "turnaround schools" in the city. And this week -- the last week of public school -- starts with news of audits of an expensive kindergarten program for special-needs children, and more on the Horace Mann School sexual misconduct allegations. Oh, yes, and there are a few graduations.

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Admissions Letters for Gifted and Talented Programs Go Out

Friday, May 25, 2012

New York's youngest public school students began hearing on Friday whether they received admission to one of 89 gifted and talented programs throughout the city.

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In Albany, a Bill for Mandatory Kindergarten

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Following a push by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, state lawmakers have introduced a bill allowing New York City to make kindergarten mandatory.

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WNYC News

Making the Early Grade: More City Children Test into Gifted and Talented Programs

Friday, April 13, 2012

A total of 39,330 children took exams to get into gifted and talented programs in New York City's public elementary schools, and 24 percent of them scored high enough to be eligible. That's an increase in both the number of students who applied over last year, and the percentage of them who tested well enough to quality for the coveted programs.

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Schoolbook

How a Photo of Joel Klein Saved a Teacher's Job

Monday, April 09, 2012

The city wanted to fire a Washington Heights music teacher, Michael Dalton, for inappropriately holding three third-grade boys in his lap, The Times reports. But then Mr. Dalton, 48, presented a novel -- and successful -- defense: a photo of Joel I. Klein, the schools chancellor at the time, who also appeared to have children sitting in his lap. An arbitrator returned him to the classroom.

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Long Waiting Lists Again for Kindergarten Seats

Sunday, April 08, 2012

More than 2,400 children are on waiting lists to get into kindergarten classes at their zoned New York City public schools in September -- partly as a result of an increase in applications, city officials said.

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WNYC News

Lengthy Kindergarten Wait Lists Unveiled as Applicants Increase

Friday, April 06, 2012

More than 2,400 children are on wait lists to get into kindergarten classes at their local, zoned New York City public schools, as applications continued to climb, the Department of Education revealed Friday.

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Tweet, Tweet, Go the Kindergartners

Monday, April 02, 2012

Three days a week, as the school day draws to a close, Jennifer Aaron's kindergarten class at P.S. 150 in Manhattan sits down to compose a message about what they have been doing all day. Then they send it out to their parents and relatives through Twitter, the stomping grounds of celebrities and politicians, where few kindergartners have been known to venture.

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City Will Add Seats to Schools, but Still Fall Short of Demand

Monday, March 26, 2012

New York City's Education Department says it plans to add a total of 34,000 seats for students over a five-year period. But the number lags behind an estimated 50,000 seats needed to meet demand.

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Districts Moving Against 'Pink Slime'

Monday, March 26, 2012

Even as the United States Department of Agriculture says it will begin offering schools alternatives to products that contain so-called "pink slime," an ammonia-based filler for ground beef, parents are pressing school districts around the country to stop serving the products now -- and some school districts are responding, The New York Times reported this weekend.

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Quinn's Quest for 'Kindergarten for All'

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kindergarten is not mandatory in New York City. And so anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 children each year who meet the age qualifications don't enroll in kindergarten -- and too often those are poor or disabled children who need it most. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, is trying to change that, The Times reports.

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Queens School Faces Heavy Demand on Eve of Kindergarten Deadline

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

For thousands of New York City parents preparing to send their children to kindergarten this fall, application season can be a time of stress because some crowded public schools can’t guarantee a seat. One elementary school in the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood is among those feeling the squeeze.

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Some Charters Impose Earlier Kindergarten Cutoff Dates

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

If your child has a birthday after Aug. 31, he or she might be ineligible for kindergarten in some city charter schools, The Post reports -- a policy of the charters that is tolerated by the city, even though it might cut off some of the needier students from starting kindergarten in the year they turn 5.

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