Demonstrators gathered in Lower Manhattan today to call on City Hall and Albany to help children who they say are trapped in failing schools.
Charter school supporters organized the rally in Foley Square, and expected about 10,000 people to attend.
They say nearly 143,000 city schoolkids go to schools where 9 out of 10 students flunk English and math.
The group is calling on the city and the state to come up with a plan "to ensure no child is stuck in a failing school.''
"We're here to stand up for charter schools so that we will still be able to go to high school and get the education that we get today," said one rally participant.
"We come for the kids for the school, we want a great school for the kids," said another rally participant.
The rally comes nearly a year after a similar event where charter school advocates marched across the Brooklyn Bridge.