Demonstrators gathered outside the state office building on 125th Street in Harlem to demand the NAACP withdraw from a lawsuit filed by the United Federation of Teachers.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the lawsuit claims the city broke its promises to give failing schools the support needed to improve.
There were 3,000 applicants for just 750 kindergarten, first grade and fifth grade slots throughout 10 neighborhood schools.
The ACLU and the Education Law Center said the state violated open records laws last year when it refused to disclose the identities of volunteers who helped assess applications for new charter schools.
A few less public schools, but a few more charter schools were looking to hire new teachers.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has approved applications for 23 new charter schools including the state’s first independent school for children with autism.