Protesters gathered Thursday to speak out against charter schools protections proposed in the state budget.
They claim that the budget would favor charter schools at the expense of other public schools and would mandate the controversial practice of co-locations.
Some claim that Governor Andrew Cuomo is being influenced by charter school lobbyists.
They say that all city schools should be held to the same standards.
"We're here today because we believe that the budget that we're hearing about that's being proposed in Albany will be decisive to New York City," said City Councilman Daniel Dromm of Queens. "It's going to pit parents in charter schools against parents in public schools."
"It's not about fighting. It's about equity," said Patricia Padilla, parent association president at P.S. 163. "And that's all we're asking for. Equity in the funding."
The protesters say they have been told that the budget may give charter schools five times more money per pupil than traditional district public schools.