Overcrowding is an Issue at P.S. 8 and There Will be a Town Hall Meeting on November 20 to Discuss

Via Facebook we’ve received word about a Town Hall meeting on overcrowding at P.S. 8.

Here’s the PTA’s petition, which includes some very important issues about the school’s capacity and the impact of future housing development in the district (we’re looking at you planned library condos):


Details here:

Make Your Voice Heard on PS8 Overcrowding
November 20, 6:30-8pm
Hillis Hall, Plymouth Church
57 Orange Street

Responding to concerns from our parents, the PTA is hosting a meeting on PS8 lower school overcrowding. Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Steve Levin, Assembly-woman elect Jo Anne Simon and Estelle Acquah from the DOE Office of District Planning will be there to hear our concerns: other elected officials will likely attend as well.

We need to turn out in force to let our elected officials know how concerned we are about current and future overcrowding and to push for short and long term solutions to their problem.
Please “invite” friends and help spread the word.
Please also read and sign two petitions

P.S. 8 parents – is the school doing a good job?

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  • Rebecca

    Just a note there are two letter petitions, the one shown to the DOE and another addressed to “Officials Considering Approval of Additional Residential Housing in PS8 Zone”

  • BHMommy

    They have to rezone Dumbo. There’s a school in Vinegar Hill yet luxury rentals that are 2 blocks away are still zoned for 8. It’s absurd.

  • 5Gen

    They should close the school and turn it into condos

  • johnny cakes

    They probably will.

  • WOW

    What is the average class size? If it is not over 40, there isnt really a problem…

  • Monty

    I hope that’s sarcasm. Class sizes are around 24-25 for lower grades and 26-28 for upper grades from what Principal Philips mentioned last time I heard. It’s basically at the upper limit of acceptable.

  • WOW

    No. Most everyone I know grew up in NYC public school during the 60s, 70s and 80s and went on to be happy and successful. The average class size was in the upper 30s to 40 from what I can tell asking folks and including my own experiences. Grade sizes ebb and flow as time goes by, we cant just build more schools and charge taxpayers… There has to be a real and sustained need. I do agree some re-zoning may be appropritate.

  • Hicksup

    Says the guy with no kids.

  • Lady in the Heights

    My daughter just left PS 8 after completing 5th grade. She was never in a class with fewer than 28 kids from kindergarten – 5th. The school is becoming a victim of its own success coupled with no plan for all of the development. How in the world can all of this development be approved with no plan for elementary education?

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  • miriamcb

    This is highly anecdotal and not particularly relevant to today’s research on how kids learn best, what schools are responsible for in the school day or the changing economy.

  • nicky

    excellent question

  • WOW

    It’s a blog, what do you want? Parents are just unreal these days. If you want a class of 15, you have to go to private school. The taxpayers are not here to give your kids a Harvard education. You cannot have everything just because you want it. Someone has to pay for it. If you do not like the school system in the crowded City, do what generations have done before, move somewhere where the class sizes are smaller.

  • David on Middagh

    “If you don’t like it, move”—the last refuge of one who has lost the argument.