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While moms everywhere can be found advocating for their children, in a crowded city like New York, it seems to be a skill more parents find themselves exercising at some point. One mom recently shared how she had to fight for a pre-K seat for her daughter over on New York School Talk. Irina B. happily received — and accepted — an acceptance letter for her daughter at M347, the 47 American Sign Language & English Lower School in Manhattan, only later to be told by the assistant principal that her daughter’s name was not on the list. 

After a conversation with a not-so-compassionate assistant principal and two hours spent at the family reception center, Irina was finally able to speak to the right person in the Department of Education to set the record straight. Irina’s story is not unique, and unfortunately not all parents have the resources to advocate for their children. Do you have a story or you’d like to share with us about how you advocated for your child’s education? Or is there something we can help with? Let us know.

Nicole Perrino is the founder of, a hyperlocal website for Bronx families where she use her influence to celebrate the beauty that the Bronx has to offer. In addition to her role at Bronxmama,...

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