They waved cardboard cutouts of tombstones bearing messages that denouced Ryan's push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and chanted "health care for all, not just for Paul". Some parents attending the protest told Gothamist that specific programming for the special needs students had been cut, which made Ryan's visit, which focused on Success Academy, disappointing.
Ryan's arrival surprised numerous demonstrators who were under the impression he had arrived at the school before they assembled.
More than 1,100 people wrote that they are interested in attending the demonstration, which lines up at 11 a.m. between West 118th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.
Ryan arrived at the school around 2:30 p.m. - two hours later than his expected arrival - in a black SUV and scurried into the school, but could not avoid the repeated chants of "shame" from a crowd of protesters.More news: Judge vacates Hernandez murder conviction
Mark-Viverito pulled no punches when it came to Success Academy's CEO, who reportedly invited the pro-charter Ryan to visit the school: "We should be denouncing and holding Eva Moskowitz responsible and accountable for bringing him here to our community". Demonstrators are not happy with the invitation to the school, which Ivanka Trump visited in February. "He's showing on health care and education that he and President Donald Trump and [Success Academy CEO] Eva Moskowitz and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos believe in a market fundamentalism that creates winners and losers out of our patients and students".
"Touring Success Academy, listening to these great kids and their committed teachers, hearing their stories". 14,000 students are enrolled. Supporters point to teaching methods that have consistently raised test scores.
Success Academy in Harlem is housed in the same building as a public school in the district. "Her body, her choice", "Die quick if you get sick", and "Health care for all - not just for Paul".
"I want them to stop playing games with my children's education,"Antoinette Smith, a member of the left-wing activist group VOCAL-New York, told the Observer". Representatives from Metro NY Health Care for All, Strong Economy for All and Make the Road New York also joined in the action.More news: Last night marked an impressive landmark for Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois
"They all get money from the state to help serve their needs", she said.
The schools have faced numerous controversies.
Last year, another teacher was caught on video yelling at and berating a first grader and ripping up the child's homework.
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