On Tuesday, an estimated 10,000 charter school teachers, students and parents will march across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan to demand an end to the war against the City's charter school networks.
With the general election less than a month away, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota are at odds over how to improve NYC's public schools. de Blasio wants to end charter school co-location, which would effectively stop charter school growth and force a number of charter schools to close. Lhota wants to double the number of charter schools in NYC.
In an editorial, the New York Post says it is not surprising that charter school advocates are marching. New Yorkers support the schools, but de Blasio, the leading candidate for mayor, is threatening to halt their growth:
No wonder a new Siena/New York Times poll shows New Yorkers want more charters by a margin of 56 percent to 34 percent — and an even wider edge among African-Americans and the poor. The human faces behind this poll are the 50,000 kids on charter wait-lists.