New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is acting like a "petulant tyrant" in his campaign against the city's charter school movement,
says Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who complains the mayor is waging a "war for poverty."
De Blasio's actions against the city's poor are ironic, Jindal wrote in an opinion piece for the New York Post,
because it comes during the same year the left is celebrating the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty.
However, while liberals embraced Johnson's "war," which created programs to lift Americans out of poverty, "these same liberals seem insistent on denying low-income children quality educational opportunities through cruel policies that will only perpetuate the cycle of poverty."
De Blasio is diverting more than $200 million that was marked for charter schools, Jindal pointed out, and has thrown schools out of the buildings they were promised, and says he will "nullify arrangements" that allow charters to locate in public school buildings without having to pay rent.
"The mayor’s open warfare against Eva Moskowitz, who founded a network of 22 charter schools, has all the markings of a petulant tyrant holding low-income students hostage," Jindal writes, calling de Blasio's actions a "personal vendetta against a fellow Democrat."
The mayor told a teachers union meeting that Moskowitz should not be "tolerated, enabled, [or] supported," Jindal said.
"Yes, by all means, let’s not 'tolerate' someone behind a movement to empower parents and students with more — and better — education choices," he said. "This woman who is making it possible for low-income kids to have an equal opportunity for a quality education must be stopped."
Jindal said that people in his state know about government meddling in education, after President Barack Obama's Justice Department filed a lawsuit trying to impede a program that allows low-income students in failing schools the opportunity to attend a better school.
The Justice Department claims the program would lead to racial segregation, a claim that "would be funny if it weren't so sad, and if the lives of so many young African-American children weren't at stake."
Jindal said de Blasio's fight against charter schools is hiding the fact that Moskowitz's schools work.
"Four in five charters outperformed comparable public schools in recent state tests," Jindal said. "Moskowitz’s schools scored in the top 1 percent in math, and top 7 percent in English.
"These achievements are no matter to the left, which still clings to the shibboleths of a one-size-fits-all, Industrial Revolution-era education agenda dictated by government and teachers unions," he said.
But teachers unions and liberals are denying the facts and denying low-income students the right of a better future, said Jindal, as de Blasio, like President Barack Obama, doesn't "mind standing between children and the opportunity for a great education."
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