September 3rd, 2008
With New York City’s 1.1 million public school students back in school — and some in pretty crowded schools at that — Brownstoner readers debate this week’s Gotham Gazette article on how luxury housing development is squeezing nearby public schools. Disagreement raged over whether the situation is a problem and who is to blame.
“Anyone with half a brain saw this coming,” said Cobblehook. And now, another reader said, the city needs need to fix it. “The fact that the local authorities cannot quickly utilize this money to upgrade the infrastructure is an indictment of the bureaucracy. Why should it take so long for the [Department of Education] to add on capacity?” the writer wondered.
But, hey, what crowding? One comment called the problem overblown and “a good problem to have.” Another went so far as to frame the crunch as a way to improve schools: “A school becomes excellent because people with resources … send their kids to that school and then get involved in it. …There are schools that need help that you can make a difference in. Then, not only do YOUR kids get a great education that you were instrumental in creating, but other kids whose families have fewer resources also benefit.”
So what about it Wonkster readers? What’s the situation at your child’s school? Is crowding a problem in New York’s classrooms? And if so, what should the city do about it?By Gail Robinson on September 3, 2008, 12:32 pm
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