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NYC High School matching process has improved. Really.

Hard to believe how much worse the High School admissions process was just five years ago, from my vantage point of stepping into the insanity for the first time this year. Should I even bother trying to understand it? Or just have faith that the system is fair?

Actually, this article and the graphic does a pretty good job of explaining it. Better than anything I’ve heard from the DOE so far.

So the current matching system is an improvement. But I’d still like it to be explained, in plain language that doesn’t require a Ph.D in economics to be understood.

The DOE owes all families a clear explanation to gain our trust in their genuine interest in ensuring equitable access for all.

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Tricia Davies
The Catch-22 of De Blasio's PreK

If you’re a parent of a four year old, in need of After-School, you most likely have some tough choices. Apparently, NY State thinks the school building is safe enough for PreK students from 8:30 - 2:30 but not after that.  And the State doesn’t trust the same After-school staff who care for Kindergarten children to care for PreK children.

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Middle School Community Search Tool

It’s finally here! a Google map we’ve created that includes every District, Boro and City-wide middle school for Manhattan students/residents. Easy to use and including enough basic info. you need to know to help narrow down your search. Click through the link below to go directly to the map and start exploring!

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School District1 walks the diversity talk.

Community leaders in NYC School District 1 are serious about promoting our schools and supporting our families. To demonstrate, they’ve organized a walking tour of (almost) every District 1 middle school for families to visit. Doors will be open this Saturday for parents and students (especially those who have a hard time touring during the work week) to meet teachers, principals and other parents from each school, to ask questions and learn about options. The goal is to encourage families to expand their choices and encourage the community to engage in diversifying our schools in this highly segregated neighborhood. We’re looking forward to joining the walk!

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