The 2004-2009 (schools) plan called for 55,000 seats, but the new five-year plan will create fewer than half that amount.
The advocacy group Class Size Matters also blasts the plan, saying their own estimates show that Queens alone should be getting more than twice as many seats as the city is planning to build citywide. The borough has some of the most overcrowded schools in the city.
“We estimated that we needed more than 55,000 seats in Queens just to deal with existing overcrowding and yet this plan would provide less than 10,000 of those seats,” said Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters. “And that doesn't even count when we did our calculation of high school students in trailers.”
The DOE disputes the report, saying the group is misstating the facts and vastly overestimating the number of new seats that are needed. A DOE spokesperson said some overcrowding can be eased by using under-utilized schools more efficiently, by reconfiguring which grades are in which schools and by deciding what kind of schools are needed in particular neighborhoods.
Parents Say Capital Plan Ignores Queens's Crowded Schools
Look, developers' bottom lines are more important than education. As Bloomie says, "Get over it." Or he'll stick them in a toxic waste area.