ALBANY, N.Y. – A large rally was held front of the Capitol as thousands of students, parents and educators gathered on Tuesday to lobby for the future.
Those attending are in Albany on the behalf of three charter schools after the mayor of New York City recently decided to keep them from using space in public school buildings.
Organizers have brought students from 22 charter schools to Albany, calling it the largest civic field trip in history. They hope to have their case heard by the legislature and the governor.
Governor Cuomo spoke at the rally and vowed to help them.
"We spend more money per pupil than any state in this nation and yet we're number 32 in results. It's not just about putting more money into the school system, it's trying something new and that's what charter schools are all about," said Cuomo.
This is one of several events involving education on Tuesday. The assembly is expected to take up the bill delaying the Common Core Standards.
Advocates for universal Pre-K are also at the Capitol.
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