UFT’s Michael Mulgrew will criticize DOE for overcrowded classrooms

There are more than 1,000 oversize classes in Queens’ high schools, according to the city teachers union. On Thursday at 11 a.m. on the steps of Tweed Courthouse, union president Michael Mulgrew plans to call out the Department of Education for overcrowding its classes.

It’s an annual ritual that the union performs. Last year, the union said one in four city schools had overcrowded classes and the number of oversized special ed classes more than doubled since the previous year. The union’s contract with the city sets class size limits in each grade and when a class exceeds the limit, the union can file a grievance with the city to try to get the class size reduced.