FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING NEW INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S REPORT ON CAPACITY AND UTILIZATION OF SCHOOLS
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
“The bill before me today is Introductory Number 155-A, sponsored by Council Members Jackson, Barron, Chin, Comrie, Crowley, Dickens, Dromm, Fidler, Gentile, James, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lander, Nelson, Palma, Recchia, Rodriguez, Rose, Seabrook, Vann, Williams, Foster, Lappin, Vacca, Cabrera, Mendez, Mark-Viverito, Garodnick, Van Bramer, Brewer, Weprin, Arroyo, Levin, Gennaro, Gonzalez, Ulrich, Ignizio and Greenfield. Introductory Number 155-A requires additional information be included in the Department of Education’s report on capacity and utilization, which is also known as the ‘Blue Book.’
“Over the course of our Administration, New York City’s parents have witnessed historic gains in academic achievement among our City’s public school students — and more and more, they want to send their kids to our schools. The School Construction Authority has worked diligently to keep up with increasing demand for New York City’s schools; in the past two years, they have built more than 20,000 new seats for students, with amenities to match. In fact, earlier today the Department of Education and School Construction Authority released its annual proposed November Amendment to the 2010-2014 Capital Plan and will begin the process of collecting community feedback on the proposed plan in the months ahead.
“Introductory Number 155-A requires the Department of Education to submit to the Council a report on enrollment, capacity and utilization data for the prior school year. This data includes information relating to the number of cluster rooms, locker rooms, teacher’s lounges, auditoriums, libraries, lunchrooms, and other spaces — grouped by community school district, Council district and borough.
“Armed with this information, parents, teachers, school administrators and others will have the ability to track their community schools’ usage and ensure that students are getting access to the facilities they need to get a 21st Century education.
“I would like to thank Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and his staff for their work on this bill along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs. I would also like to thank the City Council for approving this legislation.”
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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