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Hundreds Of Kindergarten Students On Wait Lists For Schools

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Though education officials say wait lists for New York City kindergartens are down, hundreds of students are still waiting to hear where they'll be going to school next year.

The Department of Education says there are 105 schools with wait lists this year, compared to 125 last year.

Still, of more than 72,000 applicants, more than 2,000 students are not being placed in the school where they were zoned to attend.

The two biggest wait lists were in Queens' 24th district, where two schools had more than 100 students on their lists.

"As a mother of twins, I have an even greater problem of trying to get them into schools, and unfortunately, I think if the Board of Ed and the community can't solve this, a lot of families are going to have to move away just because you don't have choices," said one parent.

"As far as transportation goes, I don't know if they're forced to go to schools out on the island or the city," said another. "But it seems like a major inconvenience."

Officials say all the applicants will receive a kindergarten offer by the end of the school year.

They also say that wait lists will continue to shrink because many students applied to more than one school.

Overall, enrollment for kindergarten is rising.

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