Sunday, October 2, 2011
We're number 1!! (in overcrowded classrooms)
From the Times Ledger:
Queens public schools lead the city in overcrowded classrooms, according to a survey the United Federation of Teachers took of school registers on the sixth day of class this year.
Classroom sizes are expected to fluctuate during the first few weeks of school, but the survey found the borough had the largest number of oversized elementary and junior high school classrooms with 802. The most overcrowded high school in the city is Benjamin Cardozo in Bayside with 307 insufficient classrooms and No. three is Long Island City High School with 207 overcrowded classrooms.
With 212 overcrowded classrooms, District 27 — which covers schools in Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and Howard Beach — was the worst of the city’s 32 community school districts. Overall, Queens had a city-high 802 overcrowded classrooms.
Classroom sizes are limited by the union’s contract, and the UFT said it plans to take the DOE to arbitration in order to bring down those oversized classrooms.
The city Department of Education plans to release its final register some time before Jan. 1.