Shock report blasts NYC for dirty, decaying public schools

Posted at 7:32 PM, May 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-09 19:32:51-04

NEW YORK (PIX 11)- Some are calling them the slums of New York City. Smelly dirty and falling apart… We are talking about the conditions inside your child’s public school.

A new report released earlier this week by the Service Employees International Union—ranking the worst offenders when it comes to cleanliness and maintenance. PS 178 on Dean Street in Brownsville one of the worst offenders. The pictures from the daily news are disturbing, showing a toilet falling off the wall.

1,500 schools were evaluated, and what they found shocking to parents. To make matters worse, The NYC School Cafeteria Inspection Report was released as well.  This report showed multiple violations of mice, roaches, basically, if you can name it, it was probably inside these schools.  We went right to the top to the Chancellor and asked him what he is doing to fix these disgusting problems.

We caught up with Chancellor Dennis Walcott in the Bronx giving out apples for teacher appreciation week, he insisted that the city responds quickly to each and every maintenance request and is spending 3 billion dollars on building improvement over four years to make our city schools better.

The conditions are so bad inside some city schools like at PS 58 in Carroll Gardens. Where kids and parents made a home video of how dirty their bathrooms were, which went viral making a public plea for over a hundred thousand dollars— and it worked, but some parents say it’s going to take more than a video to fix all the problems facing these schools.