ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – In Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo is voicing his support for charter schools. Organizers say more than 10,000 people attended the rally in the state capital.
The rally was organized after New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio cancelled rent-free space in school buildings for charters there.
The governor told supporters that charter schools offer a solution that hasn’t come from public schools.
Cuomo said, “The education industry has said the same thing for decades, more money, more money, more money and it will change. We spend more per pupil than any state in the nation, but we’re 32nd in results.”
Critics accuse the governor of trying to limit funding for public schools in favor of charters.
They’re asking Cuomo and lawmakers to offer opportunities for all New York public school children.
Some western New York voices were in the crowd, representatives from the Tapestry Charter School made the trip to Albany for the rally.