Editor’s Note: Students in Mr. Key’s Language Arts class recently completed a newspaper story assignment in which they covered a story concerning life at Jefferson MS. Today’s story is another in a series that we will reprint here. Enjoy!
By: Alma D.
Jefferson Middle School is known as one of the best schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jefferson accepted many transfer students this year. “We accepted over 400 transfers this year at Jefferson Middle School,” says Pamela Mayer, the princaple of Jefferson Middle School. With more and more transfers being accepted the classes grow bigger and bigger. “I heard there was a class of 44 students in one classroom,” says Solana H., a student at Jefferson. “You get less attention when there’s bigger classes and that means less education,” says Veronica D., a parent of a Jefferson jet. “Some of my classes are so full that they don’t even have enough desks for each student in the classroom, you can hardly walk down the hall without getting bumped into by a little sixth grader. It’s very frustrating,” says Skye D. Not only are the classrooms being overfilled with students, but the busses students take to and from school provided by APS have all reached capacity. All the busses have 64 kids to pick up and drop off everyday at over 5 different stops. “The busses are crowded, sometimes we even have to fit three students to a seat. Everyone is so packed into the busses I get claustrophobic, and I’m not even claustrophobic,” Skye D. says, a regular bus passenger on one of the busses provided by Jefferson Middle School to get her to and from school. Many parents are complaining about the overcrowded classes and busses. Many parents are also complaining about the pick up and drop off area at Jefferson. Since there are more transfer students this year there are more parents taking their kids to school and dropping them off because their families live too far away to walk, bike, or take a bus there.
Many parents suggest that there should be more teachers so there are less students in each classroom, but unfortunately Albuquerque Public Schools are on a tight budget this year and cannot afford any more teaching positions. Others suggest all the children go to the school that is in their district. That means no accepting transfers. Many would argue with this opinion, but we will have to see how Albuquerque Pubic Schools responds to over crowded schools in order to find the solution.
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