For Immediate Release: Oct. 8, 2013
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Thousands of NYC Children, Parents & Teachers March to Have Their Voices Heard, Urge City Leaders to Support Public Charter Schools
“I applaud the brave parents, teachers and community leaders of this city for banding together and standing up for what they believe in: better schools for all children.” – Bill Phillips, president of the Northeast Charter Schools Network
New York, NY – Thousands of New York City students, parents and teachers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge today to communicate a simple message to the city’s leaders: charter school families need your support.
This comes just days after The New York Times/Siena College Poll released last week showed a resounding majority (See NECSN’s release here) of New York City likely voters favor creating more public charter schools. Support was bipartisan and citywide, extending to every ethnic, religious, age and income group, and among supporters of both major party mayoral candidates.
Bill Phillips, president of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, issued the following statement:
“Public charter schools are helping some of New York City’s most at-risk children break the cycle of poverty and walk the path to success in life.
“Like the advocates of the past, these brave parents, teachers and community leaders are marching to win a better future for their children.
“There were more than 50,000 names on charter school waiting lists last year, and charters are expected to enroll more than 90,000 students this year. The city still needs more great schools and with the support of local leaders, charters can help.
“But we need policies that will give more of the city’s children access to great public charter schools, not scare those schools away.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high-quality charter schools in the region so that all students can receive a great public education.
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