Mayor Bloomberg, NYC Department of Education: DON'T LET OVERCROWDING COMPROMISE SCIENCE, ART, & MUSIC  at PS/IS 276
  • Petitioned Scott Stringer

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Manhattan Borough President
Scott Stringer
New York State Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver
State Senator
Daniel Squadron
Community Education Council District 2 President
Shino Tanikawa
Community Board 1 Chairperson
Catherine McVay Hughes
Battery Park City Authority Chairperson
Dennis Mehiel
Deputy Chancellor, Division of Portfolio Planning
Marc Sternberg
Community Board 1 Youth and Education Co-Chair
Tricia Joyce
Community Board 1 Youth and Education Co-Chair
Paul Hovitz
Community Board 1 Battery Park City Committee Acting Chair
Anthony Notaro
Community Board 1 Battery Park City Committee Acting Chair
George Calderaro
New York City Public Advocate
Bill de Blasio
NYC Comptroller
John Liu
Former NYC Comptroller and 2013 Mayoral Candidate
Bill Thompson
2013 NYC Mayoral Candidate
Tom Allon
Former Community Board 1 Chair
Julie Menin
President, Battery Park City Authority and Battery Park City Conservancy
Demetrios Boutris
Chancellor, NYC Department of Education
Dennis Walcott
Mayor, City of New York
Mayor Bloomberg
City Council Member
Margaret Chin
New York City Council Speaker
Christine Quinn
Governor, State of New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo

Mayor Bloomberg, NYC Department of Education: DON'T LET OVERCROWDING COMPROMISE SCIENCE, ART, & MUSIC at PS/IS 276

    1. Petition by

      PS/IS 276 Parents, Neighbors and Friends

The NYC Department of Education’s short-sighted fixes to public school overcrowding in Lower Manhattan are jeopardizing the future of PS/IS 276.


• Our three-year-old school was designed to handle 3 classes per grade.
• Since we opened our doors, the DOE has forced us to take on additional kindergarten classes (4 classes in 2010, 5 classes in 2011, and 5 classes in 2012.) These quick fixes have a nine-year impact on our school as these oversized groups of students advance through to 8th grade.
• Because of these short-sighted decisions, 28 of our 29 classrooms are already full, with 5th grade set to open in our building next year.
• Class sizes are nearing their maximum, yet, as of October 1, 2012, our Kindergarten is still 65% over capacity, 1st grade is 17% over capacity and 2nd grade is 14% over capacity.


• If we continue on this path, next fall our school will be more than 100 students over capacity, in 2014 we’ll be more than 160 students over capacity, and in 2015 we will be nearly 200 students over capacity.
• 276 is known for its outstanding science, arts, music and Pre-K programs. But if something doesn’t change, these valuable programs will be compromised, as we are in danger of losing our art room, music room, science rooms and our entire Pre-K program to accommodate the overflow.
• These extra students not only strain our classrooms, they impact other shared spaces in the school that simply were not designed to handle such a large population — the cafeteria, outdoor play area, library, gym, and even access points during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up will all be affected.


• Limit the number of incoming kindergarten classes to 3 – the amount our school was built to accommodate
• Save our vital art, music and science rooms and Pre-K program
• Find and lease more interim classroom space now, to deal with existing shortages
• Build more schools in Lower Manhattan

PS/IS 276 is at a breaking point. Short-term fixes will not solve this ongoing problem. As the 2010 census shows, the number of children under age 5 living in our district has grown by an astounding 147%!

Our school needs your help to continue to thrive!

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    Reasons for signing

    • coleman feltes NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      The kids do not get enough attention and support. Same as health care system

      • about 1 year ago

      Children centric orientation and quality education

      • over 1 year ago

      As an early childhood educator I deem overcrowding is detrimental to student's academic success.

    • Daniel Lago NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      My Children's classes are too large

    • Joanne Fernando NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      My child is in 2nd grade and I want her to have acess to Science, art & Music!

      the DOB should build more school not take awat precious learning spaces!


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