City officials hold hearing to discuss what they call a crisis in BX middle schools

Discussions by city officials on reforming Bronx middle schools are in high gear.

At a hearing on Thursday, parents and teacher representatives testified about the issues affecting Bronx middle schools. They touched on problems ranging from class size to curriculum to teacher training.

According to the Department of Education, by eighth grade only three out of 10 students meet the standards in reading and math. One parent expressed how part of the problem is that in some classes there are not even enough textbooks for kids.

The Department of Education says it is working on releasing a blueprint about school reform in March.

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