Schools have 10 days from the start of the school year to ensure that class size complies with UFT contractual limits. But as of the first week of October, 4,000 classes – a modest improvement from last year’s 6,000 – remained overcrowded.
Boro Schools Stuffed Beyond Legal Limits
The UFT places the cap at 25 for kindergarten, 32 in grades 1-6, 30 in Title I middle schools, 33 in non- Title I middle schools, 34 in academic classes in high school and 50 in music and physical education classes in high school.
Queens is leading the pack with violations. Of the 4,000 classes that violate standards, 1,874 are in Queens and 1,443 of those are in high schools. Union representatives reported that Newtown, Francis Lewis, Bayside and Richmond Hill rank among the most overcrowded.
So what? Let's pack more people in before building more schools. It's the only way to tweed.