As part of a $13 billion capital plan just completed, DOE officials say school seats are being created faster than any time since the 1930s and the demand keeps evolving.
"We will still need 25,000 new seats in addition to the 63,000 new seats to continue to relieve overcrowding," says [the SCA's Sharon] Greenberger.
The SCA admits in the past population shifts were not foreseen and developers were not required to include schools in their plans, but that is going to change.
"We are working with developers throughout the city right now who have big plans, and are insisting that we begin talking with them about school mitigation, to make sure that we anticipate school needs before the students are there," says Greenberger.
It is a new tactic in a shifting educational landscape.
And then there was a follow up report, where this gem was dropped:
"We try to identify sites that are large enough to accommodate a school, that pass environmental due diligence, that are accessible and are clearly in an area where there's need," says Greenberger.
Which is exactly the opposite of what they did in Maspeth.