Parents of children both admitted for Kindergarten at P.S. 8 and those wait-listed for 2015 have joined together and launched a Change.org petition. They urge the DOE to re-instate six Kindergarten classes for the fall of 2015 and to publicly engage the community to create meaningful medium and long-term solutions to overcrowding.
“Warnings to the community after the deadlines for other available options have passed do not constitute a plan. The lack of transparency throughout the admissions process and the failure of the DOE to come up with a short-term strategy have shifted the burden to families. The consequences are being shouldered by our children. Parents are forced to make hasty decisions about the most important issue in their young children’s lives: education.
Parents of zoned children born in 2010 have been left behind by the DOE. Fall 2014 Pre-K classes were eliminated at P.S. 8 and the sixth Kindergarten class was added. Now, that sixth Kindergarten class has been cut for 2015. Our children have been locked out not once, but TWICE.”
The petition can be found in its entirety on Change.org. The group also has a Facebook page.