Gloomy, wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of more than 1,100 parents, students, charter school alumni, and community leaders who marched one and a half miles through downtown to Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.
“Parents and their children need reassurance that their rights will be preserved and that they will not have to be subject to low-performing schools just because of their zip code,” charter parent Clara Ordonez told the crowd.
The “My Child, My Choice” march brought 20 charter schools from L.A.’s “eastside” together. The event celebrated the success of local charters and affirmed the tremendous demand from parents for high quality educational options. Featured speakers included LAUSD board member Monica Garcia, Myrna Castrejon, the CEO of Great Public Schools Now; Ana Ponce, who leads Camino Nuevo Charter Academy; and several charter alumni and parents.