Scores of city schools are bursting at the seams - with some as much as 200% over capacity, according to Education Department enrollment figures.
New York City schools suffer massive overcrowding, statistics show
To deal with the overflow, PS 56 buses dozens of kindergartners to other schools. Teachers tutor students in the hallways.
In response to the crisis, a coalition of parents, elected officials and the teachers union [launched] a campaign Friday called A Better Capital Plan.
The groups will rally before a City Council hearing to urge leaders to build schools based on neighborhood need instead of the current districtwide evaluation.
They say keeping up with demand is as important in troubled economic times as it is when the city is prospering.