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Governor addresses charter school rally

ALBANY- Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed a rally on Tuesday, with thousands of students, parents, teachers, and advocates who traveled to Albany to support charter schools in New York State.

"You are here, 11,000 strong,” Cuomo noted.  “You are braving the cold to stand up for your rights, and Senator Skelos is exactly right: this is the most important civics lesson you will learn, because this is democracy and this is how you make your voice heard. And we are here today to tell you that we stand with you. You are not alone; we will save charter schools.

 The governor said education is treated like an industry.

“But what you’re saying today is it’s not an industry, and we have to change that culture. Because education is not about the districts and not about the pensions and not about the unions and not about the lobbyists and not about the PR firms – education is about the students, and the students come first.”

Como said he is committed to ensuring charter schools have the financial capacity, the physical space, and the government support to thrive and to grow.

"Education is what makes the American dream a reality. Education system says you can come here from anywhere on the globe, and we don’t care who you are, we don’t care the color of your skin, we don’t care how much money you have in your pocket – through a public education system you can become anything you want. And that’s why we will make that dream a reality, and you being here today is a tremendous step in the right direction. Thank you and God bless you."