Audit shows one-third of New York's schools were overcrowded in 2012

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A shocking one-third of the city’s nearly 1,500 public school buildings were overcrowded during 2012, yet school officials produced no clear plan to deal with the problem, a new audit by city Controller Scott Stringer has found.

Enrollment at a third of the city’s elementary schools registered at least a startling 138% of capacity that year, Stringer concludes in a report to be released Wednesday, a copy of which the Daily News obtained.

But even that figure underestimates the problem, the audit said, because the Department of Education’s official census, known as the Blue Book, was “misleading.” Until this year, the Blue Book did not count thousands of students housed in temporary trailers as part of each elementary and middle school’s enrollment.

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