2012-10-03 / Front Page

Queens High Schools Lead The City In Overcrowding

By Joyce Vetere Milowski

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UFT President Michael Mulgrew believes that"class size matters"

Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGES UFT President Michael Mulgrew believes that"class size matters" It was reported last week that more than half of the city’s schools have overcrowded classes.

Two Queens High Schools lead the pack in overcrowding. Led by Forest Hills High School and Francis Lewis High School students at these schools had to find their own chairs to remain in their classes. The problem has reached epidemic proportion and it does not appear to be resolved quickly,

UFT President Michael Mulgrew chastised the Department of Education for promoting a new initiative that would focus on early childhood education by opening 4,000 new pre-kindergartens in the fall, many of which will most likely be opened in Queens. A new concept in teacher and adminisgtrator training would be incorporated. Sixty percent of the most crowded high schools are located in the borough of Queens. Case in point, Forest Hills High School, the most crowded high school in the city has 3,600 student enrolled but only has a capacity of 2153. That computes to more than 1500 students without desks. Francis Lewis high school is the second most crowded high school in the city with Richmond Hill coming in fourth.

According to UFT President Mulgrew, “class size matters.” The UFT teacher’s contract has provisions for class size. It appears that the citywide overcrowding problem has caused a dilemma for the city and its teachers. Classes are bulging and the union contract is being violated daily.

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