Bill de Blasio Trounces Eric Cantor in the Biggest March Madness Upset Yet


In January, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor threatened to hold hearings if newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to stymie public charter schools. As it turns out, Bill de Blasio has arguably done more to help public charters in three months than Cantor has done the entire 13 years he’s been in Congress. Only three Republicans – none of whom was Eric Cantor – joined the 20 Democrats who signed a letter to House Appropriators last week in support of what would be the first Charter School Program funding increase in five years.The upending of conventional wisdom that Democrats are politically constrained from promoting school reform and that Republicans are the ones pushing for big change goes beyond the de Blasio/Cantor match-up.

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