Chancellor Klein speaks about school reforms at Lehman High

Arriving on buses that were provided by the city, about 1,500 people came to Lehman High to listen to Schools Chancellor Joel Klein discuss public school reforms. Klein spent a portion of the meeting answering the many questions posed by concerned parents, teachers and students. The question topics ranged from school safety and detention centers to testing and overcrowding.

The chancellor explained plans to create more spaces in Bronx schools while defending current policies to hold back students that perform poorly on certain tests. Klein also talked about trying to obtain more school funding from the state. He says neighboring districts, like Westchester, can afford to spend more money on students because they get financial help from Albany.

Some parents questioned the current allocation of funding. They want to know why there is money to build detention centers, but not enough funds for after school programs.

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