Public Advocate concerned for former District 7

The Public Advocate is concerned how redistricting will affect former District 7.

Come the new school year, the Bronx's District 7 will be part of the newly created Region 9, which includes schools in Manhattan. What has the Public Advocate concerned is that Bronx parents will now have to travel outside the borough for assistance because the learning support centers for Region 9 are all located in Manhattan.

The Department of Education says the Bronx parents with kids in Region 9 can go to any learning support center even if it's not the one for their district. But the Public Advocate feels Bronx parents will not receive the same quality of support from a center that's not part of their district.

District 7 is one of the lowest performing districts in the city. According to the Public Advocate's office, in 2003 only 23 percent of students in District 7 in grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 met the norm on the English Language Arts Standardized Test.

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