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Interesting statistical news from the Department of Education today regarding the state of our city's public schools. Under the so-called No Child Left Behind act 185,016 New York City students in 287 schools were eligible to apply to transfer from their underperforming schools this year - that's about a fifth of the students in the charge of the DoE. But while the number of children eligible is up from the 183,960 who were eligible last year the number who actually applied to do so (10,832) is down from last year (11,011). Of those who applied, 6,451 have had the move OK'd by the DoE with 90 percent being allowed to choose their new school. While the DoE is definitely breaking the law by only allowing roughly 60 percent of eligible students to transfer it should be noted that they managed to do much, much better this year than last. In 2005 only 3,614 of those who applied were allowed to transfer and of those only 80 percent were allowed to pick their new school.

Of course doing much better still leaves thousands of students to stagnate in poorly equipped schools and politicians in an election year certainly aren't going to let that happen without raising their voices. For example enter Charlie King, who is running for State Attorney General. King was explicit in his criticism when he told Murdoch's kiddies that "the Department of Education continues to violate the law at the expense of the children of the city. By ignoring the statute, they're dooming these kids to another year of failed education."

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