Great Moments from the Path to Possible March in Prospect Park
September 29, 2016
More than 25,000 parents, scholars, educators, and elected officials from all five boroughs converged on Prospect Park on the morning of September 28, 2016.
By doubling the number of charter school seats, we could ensure that every child in New York City has access to a first-rate education. Today, more than 44,000 families are on charter school wait lists.
Charter schools are narrowing the racial achievement gap and creating a Path to Possible for more than 100,000 children.
“Every student, every parent, every child has the right to a choice. Zip code should not determine your child’s destiny.” —Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
“That’s why I chose to send my youngest, Aarabella, to Success Academy. She’s the same age I was when I came to the United States, but she will never have to worry about being passed-along like I was. When she comes home from school with new books, we read them as a family. Success Academy has given her a love of reading that I could only dream of when I was her age. —Johanna Cabral, Success Academy Hell’s Kitchen parent
“I just stopped by here today to say to the defenders of the status quo: ‘Stop hating on charter schools.’ Because every single child in the State of New York deserves a strong, first-rate education. —Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
“Today is a great day because we celebrate surpassing 100,000 students in charter schools. But you know what — 100,000 is not the top of the mountain. We need to do more, and together we will!” —Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
“You have a chance to go out and influence and change the world. You are getting the education, the love, and the support that you need to go out there and change the world.” — Common
“I stand on this stage because I stand for you. I stand up for social justice and racial justice in this country. No matter what color you are, it’s time for you to stand up for justice and righteousness and love. You don’t have to be older, younger. All you have to be is involved. And be present and be willing.” — Common
“I’m encouraging each and every one of you to make sure that not only do our kids here get to be part of charter schools, but that we stand up to expand so that other kids who don’t have these opportunities get to be part of charter schools — because they need the attention and learning too.” — Common