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Nearly half as many New York City children were put on a kindergarten wait list for this upcoming school year compared to last year, according to education officials. The decline is due to a new streamlined application process that allows parents to apply online at up to 20 schools simultaneously. The total number of soon-to-be kindergarten students on a wait list dropped from 2,300 last year to 1,200 this year. About 71 percent of kids were offered placement at their first choice school; about 18 percent were offered seats at another of their selections; and about 11 percent were not offered one of their choices. Meanwhile, the deadline for families to sign up for pre-kindergarten for next year is Wednesday.

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