A few months ago, parents of kindergarten-bound children were upset at the Department of Education keeping them in limbo by putting the kids on waiting lists for placement. Now, the waiting lists have shrunk, thanks to families picking other programs or moving out, but the NY Times reports, "Still, 474 pupils across the city remain on waiting lists and will have to attend other nearby schools if spots do not open up, an outcome parents said was unacceptable." The DOE, which points out that the number represents 1% of the incoming class, believes the waiting lists will continue to decrease, but one former parent council member told the Times, "Their responsibility isn’t making progress; their responsibility is solving the problem. There are still many families biting their fingernails." And an Upper East Side mother, whose son is waitlisted at PS 290 on East 82nd, said to the Daily News, "I came very close to moving out of the city because of this situation. If they're looking to push their taxpayers out, they're doing a very good job."