Parents say the proposed rezoning would force kids to travel too far to school on dangerous streets.
The DOE and the District 30 CEC will approve a zoning plan for the new school sometime this fall.
A DOE representative met with the District 6 CEC for two very confrontational public meetings this week.
A controversial split between the zone encompassing P.S. 3 and P.S. 41 will be decided next month.
Nearly 50 parents signed a petition claiming the zoning lines for the new P.S. 281 would hurt the school.
Parents joined City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez in expressing concerns about uptown public schools.
Getting rid of school zones could affect property values, brokers said.
The controversial plan likely will not go into effect in 2013, officials said.
The proposal is going through public review and could take effect as soon as the fall of 2013.
The rezoning would send downtown kids to Chinatown and the Village.
Months away from the first day of classes, three schools on the Upper East Side still have students on the wait-list.
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