Nearly half of city schools are bursting at the seams, officials said Tuesday.
Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose acknowledged that 575 of 1,311 buildings — 44% — house more kids than they’re supposed to.
“We have individual buildings, and in some cases entire neighborhoods, that are overcrowded,” she said at a City Council oversight hearing. “For our school communities, overcrowding is primarily experienced as larger class sizes.”
Some 490,000 kids attend overcrowded schools, and 80% of the buildings with the problem are elementary schools.
The school system overall is only 93% full — but the available seats aren’t in places where kids live or want to go to school, leaving some schools with empty seats while others are overcrowded.
The biggest problem is in Queens, where schools are at 105% of capacity.
The budget office said the greatest needs are in District 20 in southwest Brooklyn, where 7,764 seats are required to eliminate overcrowding, followed by District 24 in western Queens, which needs 7,252 seats, and two districts in eastern Queens, which both need more than 5,000 seats.
I can't imagine why this is happening.