Friday, September 27, 2013
Schools still bursting at the seams
From CBS New York:
A teachers union survey found that nearly one in four New York City public school students – more than 230,000 kids – is in a crowded classroom.
UFT president Michael Mulgrew said Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens tops the list with 385 overcrowded classes. In all, the survey found 6,313 overcrowded classes, 180 more than last year.
“What we are asking them, for once, before they leave office: do the right thing, reduce the class sizes right now, do not make hundreds of thousands of children wait all the way through next spring to reduce the class size,” Mulgrew said.
As CBS 2′s Andrea Grymes reported, some classes at Cardozo have a few extra students, while others have up to 15 more students than the cap.
“It’s terrible because there’s too many kids,” Cardozo High School senior Christina Frias told Grymes.
“They stand in the back of the room, they sit on the windowsill. We have kids literally standing in the doorway,” Cardozo teacher Dino Sferrazza told Grymes.