By MARK WOODSON
More than 1,000 charter school parents, students and educators will come together in Albany on Tuesday, February 2 for the 12th annual Charter School Advocacy Day, co-hosted by the Northeast Charter Schools Network and the New York City Charter School Center.
The daylong event features meetings with lawmakers to push for funding equity and facilities funding for schools that do not currently receive support for their buildings. There will also be a celebration of how far the movement has come, with more than 120,000 children enrolled in charters statewide.
Speakers include New York State Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York MaryEllen Elia, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Independent Democratic Coalition Leader Senator Jeff Klein and Assembly Member Marcos Crespo. Students will also speak and perform throughout the day. Following the celebration, participants will meet with lawmakers individually to push for funding parity and facilities dollars for schools that do not currently receive support for their buildings.
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