Josmar Trujillo is the former co-president of the Peninsula Preparatory Charter School in Rockaway, Queens. He remains a supporter. His son is currently enrolled at P.S. 146 in East Harlem.
A charter school parent explains why he was not at the march on Tuesday. He says the rallying cry of an "attack" on charters rang false to him; charters clearly are here to stay. This dad says most parents are ready to move on to a real conversation about the schools.
"When I look at my son, I don't see a data point or a test score. I don't look at my son and see future SAT's or LSAT's. I see a kid frustrated with 'practice tests' and the narrow curriculum his teachers are forced to teach."
The father of two boys attending public school struggles to reconcile his support for a Queens charter school with the sympathy he felt for Chicago's teachers when they went on strike.
A parent leader at Peninsula Preparatory Academy, which is slated to be closed, writes: '95 percent of Peninsula Prep's students find themselves being directed by the city Department of Education to zoned public schools that Peninsula Prep outperformed.'