In New York City preK expansion, fewer than half of students get top choice

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fewer than half of New York City children seeking a free prekindergarten seat received one in their top-choice public school for the next school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.

The school system has about 26,411 prekindergarten seats in either full- or half-day programs, 97 percent of which have been matched with applicants.

Over all, roughly two-thirds of the approximately 41,000 children seeking seats in September were accommodated, though parents may discover their children were matched with their fifth or even their 12th choice. About one-third of children who applied were not matched at all.

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