Education officials put cap on number of students who are allowed to transfer

(07/17/04) SOUNDVIEW - New York City education officials are putting a cap on the amount of students who want to transfer out of failing schools.

Leaders from the Department of Education say it is a necessary move because too many students transferred last year. They say that put a drain on the system and left schools that are not failing overcrowded. More than 7,000 kids in the Bronx and citywide transferred last year. The department of education wants to cut that down to less than one thousand.

Education officials say low-income students with failing test scores this year will be given priority for transfers. Others will be encouraged to get free tutoring.

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