From the NY Post:
Overcrowding in high schools has dropped by 15 percentage points since the 2004-2005 school year — but half of city high schoolers still attended overcrowded buildings in 2008-2009, according to a new report.
The space crunch affecting 148,000 kids persisted last year even though the number of seats exceeded enrollment by 15,100 — suggesting the city needs to do more than simply build more schools.
"Policies that enhance underused schools and encourage students to enroll in them will also be necessary," concludes the report by the Independent Budget Office.
These may include capping enrollment at popular schools or making under-enrolled schools more desirable by strengthening their academic programs.
The report pinpointed Queens — where 71 percent of students attended overloaded high schools last year — as the only borough where enrollment exceeds capacity.
Gee, I wonder why that is?
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