On December 9, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 1 joined the Department of Education (DOE) for an announcement of major changes in the admissions process for District 1 schools. Parents, community residents, and CEC members and allies were in attendance for a presentation by DOE followed by a discussion of the changes, at a special CEC meeting at the Corlears Complex at 220 Henry Street.
A key aspect of the new process is that District 1 parents whose children are enrolled in pre-kindergarten will be able to reenroll their children in kindergarten in the same school without reapplying. The changes come after intensive efforts by Kavanagh, Squadron, CEC President Lisa Donlan, and many parents – as well as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Borough President Scott Stringer, and Councilmember Rosie Mendez – who have advocated for a policy that reduces inconvenience and uncertainty for parents and children, increases continuity in students’ education, and promotes diversity in schools and equal opportunity for all students.
The presentation included information on priorities for admissions, timelines, and recruitment efforts. For more information, please contact Izzy Murguia in Kavanagh’s District Office at 212-979-9696.