Brooklyn Bridge protest aims for charter school support

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thousands of parents, students and educators took to the streets of New York City Tuesday morning demanding better schools and a better deal for charter schools.

Their main target of concern: front-running mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who has said he would charge rent to some charter school operators that now get free space in public school buildings.

"I'm a firm believer that we need to reward excellence, not punish it by having us pay rent for our schools," said Sulma Arzu-Brown, the mother of a fourth-grader at Girls Prep Bronx, an all-girls charter school.

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