2001-07-14 / Letters

The Quality of Education

The Quality of Education

Dear Editor,

The possibility of Queens losing 1.8 billion dollars in education construction funds drives me insane. It looks at this time that two new schools planned for District 27 may be dead. One is P.S. 253 which was to be located at the old Shaaray Tefila site on Central avenue and Neilson street. The other is P.S. 254 planned for Park Lane South and 101 street.

With District 27 at 129% of capacity and busting at the seams, this is unacceptable. Only two years ago, it was suggested that a minimum of nine additional schools were needed. With many students being bused away from their community school, children from the same family may be sent to schools several miles apart. Even families living on the same block as a school may find their children bused to a school miles away.

Children are not able to participate in after school study and recreation, or socialization with friends because they have to take the bus home. With state educational requirements becoming effective, class size limits for K-3 cannot be met when there are not enough classrooms to hold the smaller classes.

It is absolutely absurd to lose schools. We can never replace the quality of education in the lower grades where children are most impressionable. If you lose a child in these grades it becomes difficult for them to reach the standards for graduation later.

As a strong advocate for the reduction of class size, we urge Chancellor Levy and Mayor Giuliani to do the right thing for District 27 and relieve the overcrowding of our schools.

LEW SIMON


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