When I attended a Teens Take Charge event last year, I was shocked to learn that New York City has one of the most segregated and unequal school systems in the nation.
One by one, public high school students took the stage and shared powerful testimony about what's happening (or not happening) in their schools.
I learned that some students go to schools without functioning calculators or access to AP courses or a gym. Meanwhile, others attend world class schools that look like High School Musical. More often than not, it's low-income black and Hispanic children who find themselves on the wrong side of this system.
As someone who benefitted from superb public schools growing up, this problem deeply upsets me. The good news is that the students in Teens Take Charge are speaking up and fighting back.
Join me in supporting them as they embark on a campaign that directly calls on Mayor de Blasio to end this tale of two school systems.
P.S. If you want to learn more, read this excellent op-ed one of the TTC leaders wrote about the problem and their solution to address it.
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