Thousands march across Brooklyn Bridge for education equality at charter schools
BROOKLYN - Thousands of students, teachers and parents stomped across the Brooklyn Bridge to demand education equality.
Organizers say they're fighting to keep current charter school policies in place after a change in elected city officials this November. Parents are also fighting for their right to choose their children’s schools, and want support for any school that performs well.
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is among those who want to put an end to charter schools sharing space with traditional public schools, even suggesting that the charters pay rent for government space. Protesters say they're worried that will force many charters to shut down.
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Some local politicians, including Councilman Steve Levin, had issues with the march because it pushed back the start time of school for participating students. However, parents say it's their way of teaching kids to stand up for what they believe in.