IS181 Pablo Casals School
PS5 Ellen Lurie
District: New York City
Amount Owed in Foundation Aid: $2.1 billion
Teacher Amy Byrnes left a career in richly resourced private schools because she felt a “calling to public service and to close the gap,” she said. She landed at IS181 Pablo Casals School in the Bronx, and she’s glad.
Even so, she sometimes breaks down in tears at the end of the day, and wakes up in the middle of the night.
“I knew what had to be done, but sometimes I felt I wasn't able to do all that I needed to do to set these kids up for success.”