All's well that ends Wen
Wed Mar 18 2009
As we've previously reported, parents of pre-K students at Shuang Wen--a District 1 public school that accepts kids via lottery and teaches part of the day in Mandarin--were fighting for their kids' right to automatically advance to kindergarten, since they were promised continuity by the principal. Well, after months of lobbying, it seems that most parents have got their happy ending. As an email sent from Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer states, "It is with great pleasure that I tell you the Department of Education has committed to allowing the current Shuang Wen pre-kindergarten children to matriculate to kindergarten. Due to the dual-track program at Shuang Wen, the students will continue receiving their education in Chinese language and culture. Please see the attached letter from DOE for full details." The expanded letter states that student who live in the district will get priority in terms of admission. However, it also says that students who do not live in the district and do not have a sibling at the school may not be able to automatically move up. No word on how many current pre-K students will be affected by that rule. We hope they are few, or better yet, none.