Education panel approves plan to add 10,000 seats to Bronx schools

The Panel for Educational Policy unanimously approved Mayor Bloomberg's five-year, $13.1 billion capital plan for New York City schools. The plan would add more 10,000 new seats in schools across The Bronx.

Parents are teachers have mixed feelings about the mayor's plan. While some say adding seats will help curb overcrowding, others do not think the plan goes far enough. In addition to the 10,000 extra spaces, the schools chancellor says athletic fields, electrical systems, plumbing and leaking roofs will be improved.

Before the plan becomes official, the city still needs more than $6 billion from Albany. Mayor Bloomberg says securing the money will be easy because the city won a lawsuit against the state. The mayor also needs the city council to approve the plan as part of its budget.

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