City Makes Messy School Waiting-List Gaffe

by - May 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm -

The city’s Department of Education must really have it out for Upper West Side parents. Not only has the department regularly ignored pleas by parents to expand the number of local slots for kindergartners and elementary school kids, but they also recently made an error that has local parents up in arms.

PS 87

PS 87

The city mailed out notifications to the parents of 65 children saying they had been accepted off the waiting list for PS 87 at 78th Street and PS 199 at 70th Street, two highly coveted local schools. But the mailing was wrong, the New York Post reported.

It turns out the city had meant to tell the parents that their kids had been accepted into PS 452, the new school the department created that will share space with a variety of other public schools on 77th and Columbus.

“This is my child’s education and I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster,” said Lee Ann Stern, a parent interviewed by the Post.

Some parents said they weren’t even contacted by the department after the snafu. The department said the error had been called by a “computer glitch” and that they had contacted all of the effected parents.

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