• Thousands Of Charter School Supporters Protest Mayor de Blasio In New York City

    At least 20,000 parents, students, and educators ascended upon a New York City park to protest New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and to demand more access for the city’s charter schools.

    “If de Blasio is serious about ending inequality and increasing incomes, you would think he would be committed to helping the least privileged among us not get trapped in failing schools,” said Steven Wilson, founder and CEO of Ascend Learning center in Brooklyn. “I’m hopeful he will change his views and see charters as an important tool for reform.”

    “I’m here because I want better schools for all children,” a parent named Jerri Pierre said. “Everyone deserves a chance.”

    Back in march de Blasio decided to deny space to Harlem-based Success Academy Charter Schools, leaving the parents of students at Success Academy no choice but to collectively sue de Blasio for refusing the schools access to public property.

    “Here’s what scares me: We know the reality for black men,” said another parent Ebony Burrowes. “If my son continues in a school that closes doors for him, I face the reality of him becoming a statistic. I face visiting my son in prison. I face burying my son.”

    The rally was organized by Families for Excellent Schools. That group claimed that some 143,000 of New York City’s 1.1 million public school students are trapped in “failing” schools.

    “I’m shocked to say that more than 143,000 students citywide are stuck in failing schools; that’s not a statistic, that’s a crisis,” Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez said.

    Mayor de Blasio put out a video Thursday morning in an attempt to counter the pro-charter school rally.

    “When it comes to education, the answer is not to find an escape route that some can follow and others can’t,” de Blasio said. “The answer is to fix the entire system.”

    Yesterday’s march came just one year after a similar event, when charter school supporters peacefully protested mayor de Blasio and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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