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Rally at Carmen plaza, Brooklyn- Paul Martinka
Rally at Carmen plaza, Brooklyn- Paul Martinka

Thousands of charter school supporters rallied at City Hall on Wednesday demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio provide more charter options and end education inequality.

The speakers included Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., a potential mayoral candidate in 2017, who told the crowd he would “always be a supporter of charter schools” and echoed demands that the mayor end his hostilities against charters.

“Mr. Mayor, in a nutshell what we’re saying here today is this — is that the public schools system is your system. Charter schools are a part of that system, and all we want from you, Mr. Mayor, is to treat them equitably.”

The huge rally, which began at Cadman Plaza in downtown Brooklyn, drew as many as 15,000 people, many of them in bright red T-shirts that read, “I want to End Inequality” — a pointed reference to the mayor’s own pledge to battle economic inequality.

In Brooklyn, one parent after another told how charters saved their kids from the educational abyss.

Speaking from the stage, Zarida Teel said she suffered while attending bad schools when she grew up in Brooklyn, and called her former school, Prospect Heights High School, “a failure factory.”

Teel said she wanted better for her daughter, second-grader Eliza, who attends Girls Prep Bronx charter school. “It’s the school I always dreamed she would go to.”

Organizers say hundreds of thousands of city schoolchildren are trapped in low-performing schools.

Speakers also accused de Blasio of blocking the expansion of the charter sector, which his administration denies.

“If Mayor de Blasio thinks he can destroy charter schools, he doesn’t know the law,” said Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo.

Charter Rally

The rally was sponsored by pro-charter Families for Excellent Schools and included performances by Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson, who sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” and rappers DJ Jazzy Jeff and Aloe Blacc. They were paid by the organizers to appear. Via: NYP

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