LaGuardia High School is losing its groove.
That’s what more than 7,000 people who signed an online petition this week said about the fabled Manhattan performing arts school featured in the movie and TV series “Fame.”
Critics charge Principal Lisa Mars has pushed test scores and academics at the expense of the school’s core mission of encouraging young artists.
“The kids are stressed out,” said one parent, who asked not to be named. “These kids are supposed to be building their portfolios but they are using all their extra time to be tutored for science, math and chemistry.”
The petition states Mars’ tough academic policies are also preventing promising young artists from getting into the school and calls on the city Education Department to change her admission criteria.
City Education Department officials said high schools set their own admission priorities and LaGuardia’s are in line with current laws and regulations.