House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today released the following statement on Mayor de Blasio's latest attack on New York City's charter schools:
Mayor de Blasio has decided to continue his war against kids, most of whom live in poverty, by forcing charter schools to relocate or cancel scheduled openings. Poor and minority children deserve the best education opportunity possible, not to be stuck in failing schools because of the mayor’s hostility towards helping them. Tonight, parents will go to sleep worried that their kids will soon no longer have access to the education they need, and that is shameful. Most of these parents are struggling to get by, and their kids don’t deserve this.
New York City has been a leader in education opportunity. The city's charter school students, 93 percent of whom are African-American or Latino and 73 percent of whom are low-income, have raised the bar for education in the city. Nearly 80 percent of charter schools there are outperforming their traditional public counterparts. The program is so successful that over 50,000 kids are on the wait list for spots at charter schools. The House of Representatives will continue to do everything we can to fight for these kids, and I hope Governor Cuomo, long an ally of charter schools, will join us in condemning the Mayor's actions today.