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Kindergarten supporters plan Port Chester rally

PORT CHESTER — A grass roots group concerned that kindergarten will soon be cut from public schools for budget reasons is holding a rally tonight to show support for the program.

Westchester United, a group made of community leaders across Westchester County, will assemble at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary School, 18 Central Ave., to “protect and guarantee access to kindergarten.”

The group anticipates nearly 300 people will appear.

“The Port Chester school board this year seriously considered cutting back (from full) to half-day kindergarten, with the threat of eliminating it the following year,” said Adam Barbanel-Fried, the lead organizer of the group, in a news release announcing the rally. “While the board did, in the end, save it this year, the years to come remain in question. Westchester United asks: why is cutting kindergarten even an option?”

Kindergarten has inched its way onto the school budget cutting board because it is not required by New York State. Westchester United, formed in November 2011 of representatives from 19 synagogues, churches, mosques and other community organizations, wants the law changed to make kindergarten mandatory in New York as it is in other states in the union.

The rally is open to the public.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Randi Weiner