Mayor and DOE unveil five-year plan to overhaul school system

On Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NYC) and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein unveiled a five-year plan to overhaul New York City schools. The plan attempts to fix problems with overcrowding, crumbling buildings and lagging technology.The plan calls for 10,000 new seats for Bronx high schools, as six new high schools will be built in the borough. Middle schools will be a thing of the past as schools are reconfigured to be K-5 and 6-12. Existing schools will get a great deal of upgrades and modernizations. Among other things, leaky roofs will be fixed, athletic fields will be renovated, and plumbing and electricity systems will be updated.The city expects the total cost of the renovations to be about $13.1 billion, and the city is looking to the state to cover half of those costs.

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