Charter school advocates hold rally at Borough Hall in favor of funding

People at the rally say they're in favor of the state Senate's proposal to provide funding. (3/20/14)

BROOKLYN - Parents, administrators and other charter school advocates held a rally at Borough Hall Thursday in favor of a state Senate proposal to provide funding.

A state Senate proposal would continue to provide funding for all charter schools and guarantee co-location in public buildings. 

Advocates are calling on the state Assembly to support the plan as well.

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The rally comes in the wake of Mayor Bill de Blasio canceling the co-location of some charter schools in the city. Parents are worried that future charter schools will be in jeopardy if the state does not step in. 

In a statement, the mayor's spokeswoman said, "We took the best possible path forward, rejecting those proposals that did not meet our values and [working] with school communities on those proposals that could be implemented responsibly."

However, the city says 14 out of 17 charter proposals have been approved to open next school year.

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