On Dec. 3, 2014, The CT Mirror republished a story from The New Haven Independent, written by Aliyya Swaby, on a downtown charter school rally that drew more than 6,000 supporters:


Connecticut’s charter school movement showed its political muscle Wednesday by bringing more than 6,000 parents, teachers, community leaders, and students to form a sea of neon green T-shirts across the New Haven Green—while remaining coy about the details of its school-reform agenda.

Led by charter schools and their advocacy groups, participants at the “For Every Child” rally called for state leaders to address the systematic issues leaving 40,000 students in “failing schools” by increasing access to good schools — though they made no specific policy demands.

ConnCAN—Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now—organized the rally. ConnCAN CEO Jenn Alexander said at Wednesday’s rally that is is too “early in the [legislative] session” to list specifics. But she said state legislators should take “bold and significant action” to better the school system statewide.

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