Public school students from across the city rallied this afternoon inside a room in a New York University building -- calling on the mayor and the Department of Education to do a better job of preparing minority and low-income students for college.
Sam Levin City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez alongside students from Urban Youth Collaborative.
When Runnin' Scared first showed up to the rally, we wondered how all these students -- around 50 or so from elementary to high school ages -- were able to take a break from class and be activists for the day.
But then we realized it wasn't a break from school -- it was actually a break from winter break! For a cause that electeds and students in attendance said is crucial to the future of the city and the public school system.
Spearheaded by the Urban Youth Collaborative, the event marked the official launch of a student-led campaign called "Get Us To College," centered on the troubling statistic that just 13 percent of black and Latino New York City students are prepared for college. One in four throughout the system finish high school college-ready.More »