Schools watchdog group raps Hoboken (N.J.) pre-K wait list

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Dozens of Hoboken parents who registered their 3- and 4-year-olds for pre-kindergarten in the city's public school system were surprised to receive a notice in the mail that said their kids have been placed on a waiting list.

"That's shocking," said Sharon Krengel, spokeswoman for the Education Law Center in Newark, a group that advocates for school funding and equal educational opportunities for all students.

Shocking, she and the group's Executive Director David Sciarra say, because by law Hoboken -- one of 31 so-called "Abbott" district schools that receive special state funding -- must provide pre-K classes to everyone who registers.

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