AVELLA CALLS FOR JAMAICA H.S. STUDENT SUPPORT:
State Senator Tony Avella (D–Bayside) charged Monday that the city Department of Education has not fulfilled the promise it made last January to provide Jamaica H.S. students with support and resources at the 119-year-old school before it is phased out of existence.
The DOE has failed to provide “access to the required academic classes [the students] need to complete their programs and graduate,” Avella charged.
“ Unfortunately, ” Avella continued, “DOE has not provided many of the needed courses required to fulfill specific graduation requirements and instead has allowed the other schools within the building to encroach on their class space, reducing the amount of available classes. In fact, the school has been forced to forego the use of a library and students are instead using the library for class space.”
No honors classes are offered and the school’s computers are “so old they have become obsolete”, he added.