School overcrowding is a persistent issue in western and central Queens, notably in School District 24.
To address the issue, Councilman Bob Holden has called on the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to build a new high school within his council district.
With high school acceptance letters mailed out last week, Holden says his office has been inundated with phone calls from frustrated parents whose children aren’t placed in “certain schools that they live close to.”
“When parents are telling me their child has excellent grades and test scores but is not being accepted into the schools they desire, there is something fundamentally wrong with the placement system,” Holden says. “The students in my district deserve more quality school choices.”
The councilman has identified “multiple locations” that the SCA has expressed strong interest in, he says.
Throw in the fact that Queens schools are 16,654 seats over capacity, proving that it’s by far the most overcrowded borough in terms of schools seats.
“I am tired of Queens being overlooked when it comes to such important issues as education,” Holden says. “I demand better than this for our children.”