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2 Schools Clash as One Shrinks and the Other Gains Migrant Students

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A dispute has erupted over the sharing of a school building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in New York City. The conflict is a result of two significant demographic changes in the city: the Covid-19 pandemic and an influx of migrants. Public School 145 has seen an increase in student enrollment due to newcomers, while West Prep Academy’s enrollment is declining. The Department of Education has suggested relocating West Prep Academy to create space for the growing number of students at P.S. 145. This clash reflects the challenges faced by public schools, including declining enrollment and budget cuts. The plan to separate the two schools highlights the emotional impact on the community as a school building represents more than just classrooms and lockers.