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BY JOSH ROGERS | It was a typical meeting about the need for more schools in Lower Manhattan with one big difference. This time, it seemed like someone in power heard the message completely. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott told Downtown school advocates that he’d let them into the Department of Education’s planning room to help […]

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By JOSH ROGERS Lower Manhattan principals offered lucky children about 400 kindergarten seats this September, leaving 148 others on waiting lists to get into P.S. 234, 276 and the Peck Slips School. At least a few of the waitlisted 4- and 5-year-olds are likely to end up at Spruce Street School, which currently has three […]

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By JOSH ROGERS | The city perhaps is hoping that numbers do lie since recent Census numbers show Lower Manhattan’s well-chronicled population surge is even more dramatic than previously thought when you look at the boom in babies and toddlers — a group that looks to be a few years away from longer school waiting […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE   |  Applications poured into Downtown schools in the last two days of kindergarten registration, leaving four with waitlists. Parents have faced overcrowding for years in Lower Manhattan, but even with new schools opening, there is not enough space to accommodate zoned students. In the last two days of registration, P.S. 234’s list […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE | Kindergarten registration for Lower Manhattan’s District 2 ends March 1, but the applications are already overflowing for many of Downtown’s public schools. The city’s Department of Education is looking for ways to open more space in the school said Tricia Joyce, head of C.B. 1’s Youth and Education Committee at the […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE   |  The agency coordinating construction at the World Trade Center and nearby sites is in its last year of operation as the work winds down — but predicts mid to high levels of Downtown construction through 2016. Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center (L.M.C.C.C.) officials are forecasting widespread public works and private […]

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BY CATHERINE MCVAY HUGHES   COMMUNITY BOARD 1  |  In the coming two years, our vision of Community Board 1 as New York City’s premier live-work neighborhood will take important strides forward. This community, whose strength is founded on our working together, has many reasons to be optimistic. This year and next will be big years […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  Kindergarten registration opened up last week for public schools in New York City, and with more kids than previous years looking for K seats, it may be an even  tighter fit than last year. The kindergarten registration period for Fall 2013 started Jan. 22 and ends March 1. While enrollment is […]

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BY ERIC GREENLEAF  |  Downtown’s worst school overcrowding fears have come true. A four-year-old school, The Battery Park City School (Public School 276), shouldn’t have 160 percent of the kids it was designed to hold. Nor should it be forced to admit five kindergarten classes for two years in a row when it was intended […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photo by Aline Reynolds ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] Battery Park City parent Matt Schneider turns to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for support in lobbying the city Dept. of Education to solve Downtown’s school overcrowding crisis. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The city Department of Education’s proposed solutions to this year’s Downtown kindergarten wait lists […]

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