Green Party candidates across the state say improving public schools is a priority.

Howie Hawkins and Lieutenant Governor Candidate Jia Lee were in Syracuse Thursday showcasing their education platform. Both are calling for district lines to be redrawn to provide more opportunities for all students.

They say urban schools are lagging.

"Who suffers the most?” said Lee. “In predominantly black and brown poor communities and that is part of systemic racism that we can no longer be a part of."

The candidates also came out against charter schools and high-stakes standardized testing. Both say those practices hurt urban districts disproportionately.