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Source: WNYC Public Radio
Subject: Education Justice
Type: Media Coverage

Education Groups Call for Middle School Reform

Education groups are calling for a major overhaul of the city’s middle schools, following a new report that says middle schools in low income neighborhoods are less likely to have high quality teachers and rigorous classes.

REPORTER: The report was released by the Coalition for Educational Justice. Its release comes a day before Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City speech where he is set to unveil his next phase of school reform. Parent Theresa Anderson, of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Association, says she hopes the mayor will announce an overhaul of middle schools.

ANDERSON: The curriculum is horrible, there aren’t enough resources in the schools the classes are extremely overcrowded and these band aid solutions and intervention programs that they’re putting in are not going to fix the problems.

REPORTER: The Education Department calls education middle school students a critical challenge and says its intervention programs have made lasting reform, along with changes to instruction.