Parents of children in school districts 24 and 30 in Queens say problems with overcrowding have gone too far.
The organization Make the Road New York says the public schools in those neighborhoods of northwest Queens are so bad, the first lunch period is at 9:30am.
Make the Road New York says more than half of the students in that area of the city attend an overcrowded school. Specialty classes like art, music and gym are canceled so those rooms can be used as regular classrooms.
City councilman Daniel Dromm was a teacher in District 24 for 25 years. He said the overcrowding problem has only gotten worse. “We’re looking at locker rooms being used as classrooms,” he said.
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras attended PS 19 in Corona, one of the most severely overcrowded schools in those districts. Back then, the school was so crowded, her academic classes were held in the gym.
She’s now 34-years-old and says nothing has changed. That’s why she’s joined the fight to end overcrowding.
And how do we do that, boys and girls? STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. But you don't want to do that...
From the NY Times:
As immigrant families have flooded into Corona in recent years, their children have poured into the neighborhood’s schools. Crowding has been an issue for at least two decades, but it has become especially severe since 2005; in District 24, which encompasses Corona and six other neighborhoods in western Queens, student enrollment has gone up 12 percent in that time, while citywide, it has remained flat.
Meanwhile, many schools have too many vacancies...