Thousands of NYC Teachers to Rally in Foley Square, Call for Charter Sector To Grow to 200,000 Students By 2020

Thousands of NYC Teachers to Rally in Foley Square, Call for Charter Sector To Grow to 200,000 Students By 2020

New York, NY – On October 19th, thousands of teachers will rally in Foley Square to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to support growing the charter sector to 200,000 students by 2020.

At 100,000 students, New York City’s public charter sector is now the highest-performing scaled charter sector in the country, and enrolls more children each year than the entire school districts of Washington D.C., Baltimore, Boston, and San Francisco. As firsthand witnesses to the transformative impact that the sector has on New York City’s highest-need communities, teachers have a compelling, authoritative voice on the need for 200,000 seats in public charter schools. By doubling in size, city charters could set even more kids who would otherwise be zoned into low-performing district schools on the “Path to Possible”, and could eliminate the achievement gap between many underserved children of color and their peers.

The public charter sector has already received unprecedented support from New York City’s leading elected voices, including Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and 21 additional elected officials who signed a public letter backing September’s #PathtoPossible rally in Prospect Park. However, the chief obstacle standing in the way of charter growth is a lack of fair access to public space. There are currently over 150,000 empty classroom seats in public facilities across the city.

WHO: Thousands of Teachers from Across NYC

WHAT: Teachers to Rally In Support of Doubling Size of Charter Sector to 200,000 Students by 2020

WHEN: 3:30 PM

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WHERE: Foley Square, New York, NY 10013