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Mayor Announces Plan for More Schools

One of the biggest complaints from public-school parents is overcrowding (which was even the case when I was in school in the city in the ’70s). Last week, Mayor Bloomberg put forth a $3.7 billion plan to build 42 new schools in areas that are already jam-packed: Chelsea, Tribeca, the Upper East Side and Gramercy. According to the report, the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Dyker Heights and Midwood are also on the list to get new schools. That seems like good news...but critics point out that Bloomberg had promised to create 76 new schools five years ago. In the interim, construction costs have gone up and budgets have plummeted. So guess who suffers--the children.

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