Not all parents pleased with school placements in Yonkers

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YONKERS -

Some parents in Yonkers say they are angry over where their kids were placed in school.

For nearly two weeks, parents have piled into the lobby of the Yonkers school district offices looking for answers.

Anisha Wilson says she is upset because her daughter started seventh grade at School 23. She's appealing the school's decision and hopes the district will move her daughter before the appeal period closes at the end of October.  

"It’s not a nice area to walk up, drive up to be in. I don't want her in that area,” she says.

The placement process in Yonkers is called School Choice. Parents can request that their child attend a particular school but they may not get their first choice. A student could still be placed in their first choice if a student already enrolled leaves.

A district spokesperson says there are limited seats available in many elementary schools, but that every child is placed in a school.  Students are placed based on seat availability in the child's grade.

If a first-choice request can't be accommodated by Oct. 31, the child will remain at his or her current school.

Parents like Wilson say they will continue to wait for a better option.

"I'm going to keep coming, I'll stay here every day, including days off, just to get her switched," she says.

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