From the Daily News:
More than half of the city's 6,749 overcrowded classes this year were in Queens, according to a recent survey by the United Federation of Teachers. That's up from almost 6,000 oversized classes last year.
Queens had 3,429 of the city's more than 5,000 oversized high school classes, says the survey. Brooklyn was second with 890.
That's on top of 757 overcrowded elementary and intermediate school classes, a UFT spokesman said. That's almost half of the citywide figure of about 1,600.
[DOE Spokesman Will Havemann] emphasized that the city is creating nearly 10,000 new high school seats in Queens. They are expected to be added by 2017, he said.
Rob Caloras, president of Community Education Council District 26, said he'll believe it when he sees it.
"We've had a rash of new development ... throughout our district," said Caloras, whose district covers northeastern Queens. "So now we have these terribly overcrowded schools."
I wonder why the problem is so bad in Queens as compared to everywhere else.
Anyone have any ideas?
I was going to say illegal immigration thanks to Bloomberg's sanctuary city policy, illegal conversions sanctioned by the City, the Dept of City Planning pushing massive upzonings while dragging its heels on downzonings and rampant overdevelopment. But all I've been hearing about is how these things make us vibrant and diverse, if you don't like it must be because you are racist, move to Long Island, etc.
God forbid someone should tell the truth about what all of this is doing to our borough. And once again, if you don't stop the unregulated influx of people, the schools are going to keep overflowing no matter how many of them are built. DOE itself admits it expects to meet the needs of the 2009 school population by 2017.
The ones who are getting the shitty end of the stick are the kids.