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NYC comptroller faults school overcrowding

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Controller Scott Stringer says one-third of city schools were overcrowded in 2012 and the Department of Education failed to address the problem effectively.

Stringer says in a report Wednesday that the department didn't track whether recommendations to reduce overcrowding had been implemented or not.

Stringer's office audited school overcrowding during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

The auditors found that overcrowding in elementary schools and middle schools increased slightly during that period.

Stringer says the department should maintain better records on classroom crowding and on the effectiveness of efforts to address the problem.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina (Fah-REEN'-yah) says the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is working to combat overcrowding.

She says the city's 2015-2019 capital plan will add tens of thousands of new classroom seats.

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