House Leader Cantor Champions School Choice

He also criticized New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in a Brookings Institute speech

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. speaks about The Value of School Choice

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor continued his crusade for school choice Wednesday, marketing the programs as the key to breaking the cycle of poverty in America. “This is how we’ll begin to close the opportunity gap and produce real results for American students,” Cantor said at the event, which was held at the non-profit Brookings Institute. “Especially those who need it the most.”

The Congressman also pledged to push back against those who threaten the education reform programs he champions. “Our committees in the House will remain vigilant in their efforts to ensure no one from the government stands in the schoolhouse door between any child and a good education,” Cantor said.

He targeted some of his ire toward the proposed efforts of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who pushed for significant changes to the city’s charter school program while campaigning. Charter schools are often seen as best alternatives to public schools in low-income areas where vouchers are often shopped. New York is home to the nation’s largest school system: about 5% of the city’s students attend charter schools, according to Education Week.

“Just think of how many families will have their choices taken away if Mayor de Blasio pursues these policies,” Cantor said. “Mayor de Blasio should abandon this plan and allow New York’s charter schools to flourish.”

4 comments
ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Cantor is the public face of the rich's hatred of anyone who isn't rich like them.  He is also an example of why this country is NOT exceptional in any way when the poor are punished so the rich can be rewarded.  At least he shows that the Tea Party isn't "christian" in any manner as apparently the "least of them" in his case refers to those who can afford to buy their own pet Congress critter..

Tommy34684
Tommy34684

Keep in mind this is they guy that hides behind Boehner and he is the guy that highly recommended the lady who ended up in charge of writing all the software needed for the affordable care program.

gumOnShoe
gumOnShoe

Just think what would happen if you funded a public school not based on the income of local citizens, but on a state or national level and didn't rob those schools of money to fund charter schools that only serve 5% of the population?

jmac
jmac

@gumOnShoe The 5% of the population that is lucky enough to have a parent put their name in the basket for the draw.