The protest was held outside PS 19 in Corona, Queens. It was also one of the city’s previous COVID hotspots.
This rally was one of 200 rally held by the Union Teachers Union at a school in New York City this week.
They want the city council to vote and pass a bill that changes the city’s health law to set a quota on the number of students taught in the city’s classrooms based on square footage.
Approximately 1,700 students participate in PS19 and teach from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.
The size of each class is subject to the legal limit of 32 students from grades 1 to 5. If the bill is passed, the new bill will reduce the size of the class to the early twenties.
“I attended this school in my first year, and it’s been over 30 years and it hasn’t changed. At that time, 32 students were in class, but now 34 students. I’m in class. It’s been reduced. “
Newly discovered variants of COVID-19, such as Omicron, are a constant horror for parents like Galicia.
Her child attended school when Queens’ Corona was once the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the United States.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew says that apart from safety issues, oversized classes are also fairness issues.
“Why are children in New York sitting in classes that are 30 percent more crowded than in other parts of the state,” Mulgroo said.
The city council has not set a date to vote on the bill. As a result, parents and teachers say they are putting pressure on them.
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Parents and teachers protest overcrowded classrooms throughout New York City, Corona, Queens
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