Thousands of students, parents and teachers participated in a rally in Albany Wednesday in support of charter schools.
An estimated 10,000 people descended on the state Capitol to rally in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for additional charter schools in New York state. Cuomo has proposed adding another 100 charter schools statewide to the cap which was agreed to years ago by the Legislature and the governor.
The grounds of the state Capitol echoed Wednesday with voices of desperation over the terrible state of New York public schools — and the scandalous shortage of will to fix them.
The “Don’t Steal Possible” rally drew thousands of New York City kids, parents and teachers, mostly affiliated with charter schools that have been their ticket out of persistently failing traditional schools.
Thousands of children and adults supporting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education agenda rallied outside the Capitol Wednesday, focusing on the fact 800,000 students in grades 3-8 do not meet basic math and reading skills.
Today, more than 9,000 parents, students and educators along with 160 schools are rallying in Albany to draw attention to the failing school crisis in New York, calling for a bold change.
Nina Rees, president and CEO at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement on the issue…
My heart was in Albany yesterday, with the thousands of students and parents demanding an end to the system that condemns New York City students, mostly poor and minority, to failing schools that have failed to educate children for generations.
They were out in force again in Albany Wednesday, 13,000 strong — demanding better schools for New York’s kids.
Moms, dads, students, teachers. Former WNBA star Lisa Leslie. Grammy Award-winner Ashanti. State pols, like Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Senate leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein and other lawmakers.
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In Albany on Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio said he should be held fully accountable for struggling schools, and that “by virtue of elections, the people get to act on their views.”
But so far, he has done nothing to fix this crisis, and no child in a failing school has three years to wait.
On a day when Mayor de Blasio is traveling to Albany to discuss budget issues, an education reform group on Wednesday is calling on the state to takeover 178 failing schools this fall.
Of the 178 “priority schools” targeted by Families for Excellent Schools, 91 are in New York City.
The schools are ranked among the state’s bottom 5% in performance.