By Daniel Squadron, Brian Kavanagh and Lisa Donlan
Unlike families in any other community school district in the city, families in District 1, which covers the Lower East Side and Chinatown, aren’t tied to catchment zones that dictate where their children go to school. Instead, parents have the opportunity to send their children to any school in the district, with seats assigned by lottery. This approach has always been about promoting equity, diversity and parental choice in our schools. We should be able to achieve these important goals without placing an unreasonable burden on parents and students..
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