Due to overcrowding in upper income neighborhoods at sought-after public schools, like P.S. 58 in Carroll Gardens, the Department of Education under Mayor de Blasio is attempting to ease the crowding, and tackle school segregation, by shifting school zones to better balance school populations, such as they are doing at P.S. 8, the popular elementary and middle school serving Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights. A final proposal on the zone shift at P.S. 8 is expected to be announced Monday.
A proposal to shift the zone on the Upper West Side, though, was dropped last week after the Department of Education suggested shifting kids from an upper-income, mostly white and crowded school to a nearby school that is under-capacity, mostly low-income and has persistently been found to have safety issues.
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