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Mob Scene Mars Great Harlem High School

Ohanian Comment: This is part of the fallout from NCLB rules. Note the hypocrisy of the Post. The only time they call a New York public school great is when they can put "mob" in the story.

A school known as the Stuyvesant of Harlem has been ruined by severe overcrowding, say outraged parents.

They have complained to schools boss Joel Klein about conditions at A. Philip Randolph HS.

Parents cite chaotic hallways, not enough security guards, and lunch at 9:30 a.m. since the Department of Education allowed twice the number of freshmen this year.

A member of the city's Panel for Education Policy, Philip Berry, declared it "a heinous learning situation."

Parent activist Aida Morales said, "It used to be if . . . you didn't get into Stuyvesant, you went to Randolph. But this is not what I bought in to."

Under pressure to accept students from schools being phased out for poor performance, Randolph admitted 820 freshmen this year, when it had seats for only about 430.

Morales and other Randolph parents confronted Klein and top department officials Monday, demanding action.

Klein aides said the department was working to reduce class sizes and put students on a normal lunch schedule.

But parents insist more needs to be done.

"It's like going to a farm and seeing the animals run around," said mom Evelyn Alston.

— David Andreatta
New York Post


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