From the NY Post:
Francis Lewis HS in Queens will be the city's most overcrowded when classes start Wednesday -- cramming an astounding 4,700 kids into facilities designed for only 2,572, barely half as many.
The school's efforts to accommodate the crowds border on the comical, but critics aren't laughing.
Hundreds will crowd into eight trailers in the schoolyard and "half-classrooms" -- large rooms divided in two by thin wallboard.
Incredibly, Jamaica HS, a mere two miles away, is 400 students under capacity.
At Francis Lewis, which boasts an 82 percent four-year graduation rate, more than 13,000 kids applied for admission last year.
"The city doesn't want to say no to the parents," Goldstein said, referring to an application process that has kids rank their top 12 preferences for high schools. "It wants to place students where they want to go, because we really are a great school. But this is a cancer. We will reach a breaking point. Eventually, it will affect the quality of the education.
DOE spokesman Will Havemann admitted, "Francis Lewis is certainly too crowded," adding that the city is building nearly 10,000 new high-school seats in Queens to fix just such problems.
And from the Daily News:
The trailers parked in city public-school yards to ease overcrowding are themselves packed with too many students, according to data obtained by the Daily News.
At least 6,400 students attended class in trailers filled beyond capacity, according to the latest available figures from the 2007-08 school year obtained bythe Independent Budget Office (IBO).
Queens had the most trailers overall, with 166 trailers at 59 schools.
So long as we're vibrant and diverse, who cares about this?