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a large number of minority families charter school movement. He also said act on the charter school legislation,
representing those white families,” he would like to see Paterson’s bill was met with minimal applause, along
Hoyt said. included in the 2010-2011 state budget. with some hecklers in the crowd.
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Sen. Craig Johnson, D-Port The governor was expected to submit Assemblyman Michael Benjamin,
“Not only did state government turn Washington, who carried Paterson’s bill 21-day amendments to his executive D-Bronx, also spoke at the event,
its back on our children in New York in the Senate, said he does not have any budget by today’s deadline. saying the number of charter schools
state,” Hoyt said, “they turned their charter schools in his district. When Nearly losing his voice during his has significantly grown since he joined
back on $700 million to pump into speaking to the crowd, he referred to the speech at the rally, Sen Martin Golden, the assembly in 2003. “The joke was,
education.” bill as a “simple” one and that the efforts R-Brooklyn, came to show his support you could fit [those attending charter
Hoyt sponsored the governor’s bill in of other legislators, by seeking to place for charter schools. “The future of this schools] into a phone booth,” he said.
the Assembly and, along with Senate other restrictions on new charter schools, great nation depends on education,” he “I think today, they need more than one
Temporary President Malcolm Smith, would have destroyed a movement meant said. “They need to balance education. phone booth.” He stressed that during his
D-St. Albans, had introduced another to “improve the lives of kids.” We can’t have one-shoe-fits-all.” tenure in the Assembly he will continue
bill (A.9413/S.6339), which asked to “I think it’s wrong to deny you the Golden also asked the crowd to view to fight to improve charter schools.
raise the cap to 400 schools. quality education that you deserve, that organizations such as the United Federation “In this economy, in this century, we
Hoyt wanted to clarify with the crowd your parents struggle to provide for of Teachers as partners in order to create a cannot afford to give children from any
in attendance that charter schools are you,” he said to the crowd. functional education system. neighborhood a second class education,”
public schools, and they are not made Johnson said that while other lawmakers When praising New York City Mayor he said. “Every child is bright enough to
up of only rich, white families. “I’m had bills proposing to raise the cap, he Michael Bloomberg, Golden, who be in a great high school and even a
looking around and it’s nice to see such said they would have “crippled” the criticized the Legislature for failing to greater college.”
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