By Elizabeth A. Harris
The department already releases information on school capacity, with yearly updates on whether schools have too many students or too few. But this bill goes further, requiring residency information and public reporting on the application process for every school, from kindergarten through high school. It will be introduced by Ben Kallos, a Democrat who represents the Upper East Side, East Midtown and Roosevelt Island. Mr. Kallos said the bill may also include prekindergarten.
“It’s important that the public school system serve every single child, and when you only track enrollment, you are missing all the children who are being turned away,” he said. “If we have programs that are incredibly popular, the city should be making more seats available in those programs.”
Mr. Kallos said that his constituents routinely complain of being turned away from nearby prekindergarten classrooms or gifted and talented programs, for which they have qualified, because there is not enough room.
This legislation would show where students end up when they leave their neighborhoods to attend school, as many do. Mr. Kallos said that most elementary schools in his district were populated with students from the area, but at Ella Baker School, at 317 East 67th Street, which serves students from prekindergarten through eighth grade, most of the students are from elsewhere.
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