House Speaker Paul Ryan is expected to visit a Success Academy charter school today—and protesters will be there to greet him.
The Daily News reports, "The NYPD referred a request for comment to the city Education Department, which didn't immediately respond. But staffers from a district-run school that shares the W. 118th St. building with Success Academy said that the NYPD visited the school on Monday to inform them of Ryan's plan."
A teacher in the building told the News, "They said they're closing down the street and he's coming to visit Success Academy."
Ryan will reportedly stop by the school at 11:30 a.m., and a number of advocacy groups, including Alliance for Quality Education, Working Families Party, Make the Road NY and Metro NY Health Care for All, said they'd be there, according to a joint press release issued by the groups: "Speaker Ryan’s policies, from healthcare, to immigration, to women’s rights, to education all most negatively impact people of color and low-income and working class people. Groups protest this and Moskowitz’s disregard for the issues affecting her school communities."
People4Bernie: RT allimprovised: Gonna give Paul Ryan a big NY welcome at 11am tmrw at Success Academy 34 w 118th … pic.twitter.com/AoBE7TyWJf
— Pasco Revolution (@PascoRevolution) May 9, 2017
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said on Monday, "[W]hen Speaker Ryan comes to New York City, we let him know what we think about his agenda, right? And we should be denouncing and holding [Success Academy CEO] Eva Moskowitz responsible and accountable for bringing him here to our community."
According to the Observer, Mark-Viverito added, "[C]oming into Harlem at that, right, where the decisions [the GOP is] making are having severe, detrimental impacts on communities that we represent is pretty, pretty disturbing."
Politico notes that Ryan's visit "will be the latest in a series of high-profile visits by Republicans to the city's largest and most controversial charter network. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has visited Success Academy 1 in Harlem, and Ivanka Trump visited the same school shortly after the presidential election in November."
Success Academy boasts about its high performing students—and their corresponding test results—as they continue to expand in the city. Critics say that the schools discriminate against special needs students and other struggling students. Last year, a video showed a Success charter teacher apparently bullying a first-grader.