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These 72 NYC schools will hire more teachers to lower class sizes

Classroom of empty desks and chairs.

The New York City education department is investing $18 million in a pilot program to reduce teacher-to-student ratios and boost reading outcomes at 72 schools.

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The New York City education department on Tuesday announced which 72 schools will hire more teachers in a bid to boost reading outcomes for students. 

The $18 million initiative aims to lower teacher-to-student ratios, with a focus on campuses where class sizes are larger than the city average, test scores in reading and math are below the city average, and more than 70% of students come from low-income families. City Council members pushed to include the pilot program in the city’s budget, which was approved this month. 

“Educators know that smaller classes mean more attention for each child,” education department spokesperson Katie O’Hanlon said in an emailed statement. “Thanks to our partners at the city council, we’re adding staff and reducing class sizes at some of our highest-need schools to make that happen.”

It’s unclear how many of the schools will add teachers to classrooms, instead of whittling down the total number of students in a room. Since many overcrowded schools are crunched for space, it will likely be hard for many of the campuses to accommodate more classrooms with fewer students. 

O’Hanlon pointed out that the education department’s capital plan funds 57,000 new school seats across the five boroughs. Officials also hope that an historic increase in school budgets will also mean that principals hire more teachers to reduce class sizes. 

Below is the list of schools included in the pilot.

Class Size Pilot Program Schools, 2021
District School
5 P.S. 046 Arthur Tappan
6 P.S. 153 Adam Clayton Powell
7 P.S./M.S. 029 Melrose School
8 The Dr. Emmett W. Bassett School
8 P.S. 130 Abram Stevens Hewitt
8 P.S. 138 Samuel Randall
8 P.S. 146 Edward Collins
9 P.S. 110 Theodore Schoenfeld
9 P.S./I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magne
10 PS/MS 20 P.O.George J. Werdann, III
10 P.S. 023 The New Children's School
10 P.S. 032 Belmont
10 P.S. 033 Timothy Dwight
10 P.S. X037 - Multiple Intelligence School
10 P.S. 094 Kings College School
10 P.S. 095 Sheila Mencher
10 P.S. 205 Fiorello LaGuardia
10 P.S. 279 Captain Manuel Rivera, Jr.
10 P.S./M.S. 280 Mosholu Parkway
10 P.S. 310 Marble Hill
10 P.S. 315 Lab School
11 P.S. 041 Gun Hill Road
11 P.S. 083 Donald Hertz
11 P.S. 087 Bronx
11 P.S. 089 Bronx
11 P.S. 096 Richard Rodgers
11 P.S. 105 Sen Abraham Bernstein
11 P.S. 106 Parkchester
11 P.S. 111 Seton Falls
11 P.S./M.S. 194
12 P.S. 047 John Randolph
12 P.S. 057 Crescent
12 P.S. 214
12 Bronx Little School
17 Norma Adams Clemons Academy
19 P.S. 089 Cypress Hills
19 The Fresh Creek School
20 P.S. 179 Kensington
20 P.S. 503: The School of Discovery
21 P.S. 128 Bensonhurst
21 P.S. K225 - The Eileen E. Zaglin
22 P.S. 119 Amersfort
22 P.S. 139 Alexine A. Fenty
22 P.S. 194 Raoul Wallenberg
22 P.S. 198 Brooklyn
22 P.S. K315
22 P.S. 361 East Flatbush Early Childhood School
23 P.S./I.S. 323
24 P.S. 014 Fairview
24 P.S. Q016 The Nancy DeBenedittis School
24 P.S. 019 Marino Jeantet
24 P.S. 143 Louis Armstrong
24 Elm Tree Elementary School
27 P.S. 104 The Bays Water
27 P.S. 123
27 New York City Academy for Discovery
28 P.S. 082 Hammond
28 P.S. 160 Walter Francis Bishop
28 P.S. 182 Samantha Smith
29 P.S. 034 John Harvard
29 P.S. 035 Nathaniel Woodhull
29 P.S. 036 Saint Albans School
29 P.S. 052 Queens
29 P.S./I.S. 116 William C. Hughley
29 P.S. 118 Lorraine Hansberry
29 P.S./I.S. 268
30 P.S. 092 Harry T. Stewart Sr.
30 P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School
30 P.S. 148 Queens
30 P.S. 149 Christa McAuliffe
31 P.S. 020 Port Richmond
31 P.S. 21 Margaret Emery-Elm Park
Source: NYC DOE

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