Education committee holds forum on small schools opening in BX and city

The Education Council Committee held a hearing Wednesday to discuss the opening of smaller schools in the Bronx and citywide.

The small school plan has sparked debate among educators and parents. Parents with children attending MS/HS 368, CJHS 145 and Walton High School are just some of those upset, claiming they were never notified of the plan. Since the schools are overcrowded, education officials want to send kids to new smaller schools at other locations.

Education committee members heard from the United Federation of Teachers president as well as parents and activists. The committee discussed whether small schools are the solution to the city's education crisis. Some education officials say the extra attention students receive in small schools creates a better learning environment. Opponents of the plan, however, say the city is packing more children into already overcrowded school buildings.

Despite the hearing, the plan to open 70 new schools this fall is already in motion. Officials plan to then open 200 small schools by 2007.

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