LES Schools Exempted From Kindergarten Admission Rules

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Parents all over New York City have complained loudly about a policy that makes it more difficult to keep their children in the same public school – from pre-k to kindergarten. But now Lower East Side families have won an exemption from the controversial rules.

At a recent meeting, Department of Education (DOE) officials explained the proposed changes, hammered out with parent activists and elected officials during more than a year of negotiations. Throughout the city, the DOE forbids principals from giving admissions priority to students in pre-k  applying for kindergarten in the same school. 

State Regulator: Ethics Bill “Doomed to Fail”

In this morning's New York Times, the state's lead ethics regulator takes aim at the ethics reform bill sponsored by our representatives in Albany, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Daniel Squadron. The proposal passed the Assembly earlier this year — but is languishing in the Senate. Michael Cherkasky, chair of the Commission on Integrity, tells the Times the reforms are “doomed to fail,” in part, because Albany would be policing itself.