De Blasio initiates to solve overcrowding
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been adamant about finding alternative solutions to several issues during his term thus far. Central focuses of his include the redistribution of the housing market, the eradication of the horse-drawn carriages in the streets of New York and now the prevailing overpopulation in most New York City public schools.
Thousands of students in the city attend public schools considered overcrowded by the standards of the New York Department of Education. The extent to which the overcrowding occurs varies, but the most extreme cases rely on the use of trailers that serve as temporary classrooms for students, as schools anxiously wait for funding to come their way.
The initiative to get rid of the trailers has been proposed, and half a billion dollars has gone to the project. The plan is to build new classrooms that can be used for educational purposes in lieu of the trailers. So far, however, only about half of the students whose educational environment is a “classroom trailer” has been relocated.
Some schools give teachers and students the power to use their hallways as classroom extensions. This may be a way to easily house all children enrolled in the same school, but blocking a hallway and creating disturbance are not efficient ways to solve the problem.
De Blasio instituted a plan that would allocate enough money from the DOE to build classrooms to fit 44,000 children.
Although the prospect of additional and appropriate learning environments is enticing, this plan leaves over 80,000 other children unaccounted for.
Some of de Blasio’s initiatives are questionable and at times ethically challenging. But the steps to reducing overpopulation within New York City public schools may boost his credentials and ratings as mayor. De Blasio is finally addressing the issue of overpopulation. Although late in his term as mayor, he is finally making strides with the issue and striving to overcome it by allocating funds more seriously from the DOE.
De Blasio has to keep pursuing interest in this issue in order to establish adequate learning environments for all New York City public schools. These schools feed into top universities and educational establishments, such as CUNY, which holds approximately 500,000 college students. If these students go to college without having been exposed to a necessary and nurturing educational environment, they will be ill-prepared.
These students will be at a disadvantage simply because their educational circumstances are not up-to-par. De Blasio’s initiatives are only the beginning steps to solving this overarching problem.