City's new summer school policy limits number of slots for high school students

The number of Bronx and city high school students allowed to attend summer school this year is being limited as the city focuses its attention on failing third-graders.

Under the city's new summer school policy, summer school attendance for high school kids is being capped at 90,000. Area high schools have sent letters to parents telling them that due to a limited summer school budget, only students who need classes to graduate can go to summer school.

Parents say the Department of Education is sacrificing high school students to promote the mayor's social promotion policy for third-graders. But school officials say they are scaling back summer school because of poor attendance rates.

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