In most municipalities public schools are paid for from property taxes. The suburban counties in the tri-state area (northern NJ, Westchester, Long Island, Fairfield CT) have some of the highest property taxes in the United States. Fortunately for you Brooklyn is one of the 5 bouroughs and counties that make up the City of New York. Our property taxes are among the lowest in the country. Property taxes in NYC do not pay for schools. There are more children enrolled in the New York City public schools than 12 states and the District of Columbia have in total population. New York City also has many fine private and parochial schools.
Real estate brokers are prohibited from steering the practice of directing prospective purchasers toward or away from certain neighborhoods based on racial/ethnic make up of the area.
Most NYC real estate brokers are qualified to sell you a coop or condo but we are not qualified or authorized to promise you that your kids will attend the school across the street from the co-op or condo. Only the Board of Education can authorize enrollment in it's schools. Call the Board of Education for help in finding your way through the enrollment process:
Board of Education
110 Livington Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
The link below is from my NYC relocation blog. It has links, resources and numbers for the vast array of public services and municipal structure for new residents to New York City. Hope it helps.
Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker
The Corcoran Group
You can also find out about afterschool options, organized sports teams, park dept programs, etc.
Good Luck & Happy Hunting.
This law protects you from being unduly influenced by someone with a different opinion.
Try schools.com, or go to my website, http://gailgladstone.com and click on school info. There are hundreds of websites that will compare the FACTS about schools.
This is FEDERAL LAW.
We are prohibited because of anti-discrimination laws to discuss these matters with you. There are many on-line resources where you can get information about schools, crime, etc. For instance, Sperling's School Profiles is a good resource of information. Good luck!
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