Parents, Community Leaders Upset With School Overcrowding in Queens

CORONA, QUEENS (1010 WINS) – Parents of children in school districts 24 and 30 in Queens say problems with overcrowding have gone too far.

The organization Make the Road New York says the public schools in those neighborhoods of northwest Queens are so bad, the first lunch period is at 9:30am.

Make the Road New York says more than half of the students in that area of the city attend an overcrowded school. Specialty classes like art, music and gym are canceled so those rooms can be used as regular classrooms.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports: Parents Upset With Overcrowding In Schools 

Alejandra Ruiz deals with the educational problems for Make the Road New York and says she gets a lot of complaints from parents about overcrowding.

“There are not enough bathrooms in the school, they ask why are my kids having lunch at 10 in the morning,” said Ruiz.

On Tuesday, parents, advocates and community leaders came together to call for change.

City councilman Daniel Dromm was a teacher in District 24 for 25 years. He said the overcrowding problem has only gotten worse. “We’re looking at locker rooms being used as classrooms,” he said.  

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras attended PS 19 in Corona, one of the most severely overcrowded schools in those districts. Back then, the school was so crowded, her academic classes were held in the gym.

She’s now 34-years-old and says nothing has changed. That’s why she’s joined the fight to end overcrowding.

The Department of Education said it plans to build more schools here but parents say those won’t be ready for five years.

And last week, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that thousands of New York City teaching jobs could soon be eliminated under a new spending plan.

EXTRA: List Of Proposed Teacher Layoffs (Excel Document)

Around 1,400 positions will go unfilled but 4,600 teachers will be formally laid off. Nine schools will lose up to 70 percent of their teachers while other schools would be untouched.

Do you think school overcrowding is a problem? Let us know in our comments section…

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One Comment

  1. industry says:

    NO ONE wants to admit that this Country has limited resources.

    NO ONE want to admit that Education, Medicine and a Safety all have a price.

    1) 50+% of people filing taxes pay NO taxes!
    2) Corporations (like General Electric) pay NO income taxes
    3) Last: We’ve turned into a Country of ENTITLEMENTS where
    every “special group” wants their share.


    1) A day without work is a day without eating. (This is clear)
    2) Stop “ILLEGAL” immigration. (Please note the work ILLEGAL!)
    3) Stop all Welfare for every group – GO TO WORK!
    4) STOP giving money away overseas – use it HERE!!!!

  2. Sam says:

    Maybe some of the parents should consider home schooling their children. There are many good programs out there.

  3. J says:

    Clearly, it’s the ton of illegal immigrant kids that are flooding the school system. These folks just come here illegally with their 150 kids in tow and drop them in the school systems like it’s cute. It’s a disgrace. And I say this as the daughter of an immigrant who came to this country LEGALLY. Flame away!

  4. All of a Sudden says:

    I think its a problem now. But I don’t think it was just days ago. You know, about the time Bloomberg announced layoffs. You will see a lot of ugly things come from these layoffs and this is just the start of it. It will be like working at JP Morgan Chase when they acquire another bank or investment firm. All the rats come out of holes they live in a create a mess. Ugly, but human nature for many I guess.

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