By JASON L. RILEY
The Harlem Armory in upper Manhattan was built in 1933 to honor the celebrated 369th Regiment—also known as the Harlem Hellfighters, the first black regiment to fight in World War I. On a recent Saturday, however, the Art Deco edifice at Fifth Avenue and 142nd Street hosted an army of parents and educators who are fighting to provide Harlem children with decent schools.
Despite heavy snowfall the night before, more than 3,000 people trekked to the third annual Harlem Education Fair. They came to survey their schooling options, which have proliferated in recent years thanks mostly to the growth of charter schools and despite strong opposition from the teachers unions.