Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer held a public hearing on school overcrowding and facilities needs in Manhattan’s public schools Tuesday evening at P.S. 125 in West Harlem.
“Overcrowding and underfunding have put New York City’s public school students at a disadvantage,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Last night parents, students, educators, and community leaders spoke out, highlighting areas where better planning could make a difference, and major resource gaps where the governor and legislature must step up and give New York City’s children what they’re owed.”
Under this year’s proposed state budget, New York City could receive hundreds of millions in increased school aid, and New York City is still owed billions under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court case settlement.
Borough President Brewer called on New Yorkers to help answer the question of what Manhattan’s schools need most at her office’s hearing, organized with the help of the Alliance for Quality Education. Witness panels featuring experts, parents, students, and community leaders offered testimony on class size and the city schools’ capital plan, state funding levels and the schools’ programmatic needs, space utilization, and the need for special-purpose spaces. These panels were followed by testimony from the public. Read highlights from the hearing.