Parents question fairness of all-day kindergarten lotteriesPosted: Updated:
Some parents in Rockland County are questioning the fairness of lotteries for all-day kindergarten programs one day after they were held by three schools.
North Rockland held a lottery Monday for the district's new all-day pilot program for its three K-3 schools. There were more than 250 names but only 66 spots.
In New York state, North Rockland is one of six school districts that doesn't offer full-day kindergarten. The district shifted federal money to offer the program this year and hopes to continue it, but nothing is set in stone.
The superintendent tells News 12 that full-day kindergarten is only available for special-education students, English as a new language students and the lottery winners.
Some mothers say they opted out of the lottery because they didn't want to take the chance. Lea Greene says she will now be paying close to $10,000 for her son to attend private school.
"We feel his education is important to us, and we wanted him in a full-day program,” she says.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to add money to next year’s budget to allow all districts to offer a full-day program. The superintendent tells News 12 that it costs $2 million to put full-day kindergarten in effect for all students.