It's easy to forget how many students there are in the United States.
New York City is, unsurprisingly, the largest city in the United States. Holding over 8 million people, there's a reason the Big Apple is seen by many as America's cultural epicenter.
However, it is also the center of American primary education.
With over 1700 schools and 1 million students, the New York City Public School System is the largest compulsory education organization in the United States.
In fact, if the New York Public School System was a city in itself, it would be the tenth largest in America, putting it behind Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and, of course, New York City.
Sadly, it is also one of the most segregated school systems in the country. According to The New York Times, the New York City Public School System features a large amount of systematic discrimination against Hispanic, Asian, and black students, a trend that has continued even after housing segregation has diminished.
The New York City Public School System is part of the state's Department of Education. It is currently run by Schools Chancellor Carmen Faria.