Monday, October 15, 2007

Queens schools bursting at the seams

Schools have 10 days from the start of the school year to ensure that class size complies with UFT contractual limits. But as of the first week of October, 4,000 classes – a modest improvement from last year’s 6,000 – remained overcrowded.

Boro Schools Stuffed Beyond Legal Limits

The UFT places the cap at 25 for kindergarten, 32 in grades 1-6, 30 in Title I middle schools, 33 in non- Title I middle schools, 34 in academic classes in high school and 50 in music and physical education classes in high school.

Queens is leading the pack with violations. Of the 4,000 classes that violate standards, 1,874 are in Queens and 1,443 of those are in high schools. Union representatives reported that Newtown, Francis Lewis, Bayside and Richmond Hill rank among the most overcrowded.

So what? Let's pack more people in before building more schools. It's the only way to tweed.


Anonymous said...

The root cause for all our ills.....OVER DEVELOPMENT.... of course!

Queens is really resembling the old boom towns
of the wild west days.

They grew just as fast with little or no planning......
resulting in.....lawlessness and poor services
of every kind !

Anonymous said...

You can't take down 1 family homes and replace them with 2+ family homes and expect the area population to remain the same. The people running NYC government have closed their eyes to the fact that all these multiple family homes have children that need to be educated. All of this overdevelopment impacts every aspects of our lives.

Anonymous said...

Gee, maybe this is just a coincidence, but I'm always wondering, as I watch the prolific little Mexicans who walk down the street accompanied by some 5 odd children of assorted sizes why nobody seems to mention the connection between these very religious people, birth control,poverty, the church, and a total lack of social conscience. Could this be one possible reason that Queens schools are bursting?I have absolutely no personal animosity against these people, who are hard working, soft spoken and certainly add a pleasant dimension to our multicultural neighborhood. But nobody on this planet at this point in time has the right to overpopulate so indescriminantly.and by the way,there is no discernible development in Jackson Heights so that is not the reason. Here and there a single family dwelling is replaced by those hideous 6 or so family buildings, but there are not enough to make an impact.)

Anonymous said...

LIC/Bryant have been running on multiple sessions since the sixties and now it's 2007.
when the new LIC was proposed and the topic came up as to what to do with the exiting building---common sense suggestions such as giving the new building for all students that simply wanted to learn and weren't PROBLEM students or even giving the old one for this and reducung the overcrowding were quickly rejected.
of course the older building was given over to the ""newcomers" esl and everyone jammed into the new place including other esl as well.
i don't know what percent of the old LIC is utilized or if they are also on double/triple sessions.

Anonymous said...

Back in the 1940s somene had an interesting proposal: no new construction unless the board of ed certifies that it has the school desks.

Ya listening, Tony?

You could get big points if you pushed this idea.

Anonymous said...

Hey, they tell us Astoria is the megnet for yuppies.

The reality after walking around the Broadway Street fair this weekend is different.

It is becoming Elmhurst del Este. The stores popping up tell us the reality.