N.J.‘s new eligiblity rules for summer educational programs to save $7M, make system more ‘equitable’


On his last day of pre-kindergarten, Misael Rivas left his classroom at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Center in Union City heartbroken.

He’s a little troublemaker, said Kilcenia Rondon, the 4-year-old’s mother. But he kept saying, ‘I miss my school, I’m lonely.’

Fortunately for Misael, his summer vacation lasted only eight days before he was back in class as one of 90 children attending the Hostos Center’s summer preschool session. The free program is one of dozens of summer preschools started in New Jersey’s poorest districts in 1998, in response to a decision by the state Supreme Court in the ongoing Abbott v. Burke case. Read More.