Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the presumptive GOP front-runner, is quickly turning his sites on the national campaign as he sharpens up his attacks on Hillary Clinton. By extension, Bush’s attacks were also directed at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over his lack of support of charter schools. The issue with charter schools is they receive public funding, but are privately run. In other words, they do not employ faculty from the teacher’s union, the largest labor union in the nation and staunch ally of the Democrat Party. As such, it makes sense as to why Mayor de Blasio, a Democrat, would refuse to enact a policy that would benefit charter schools.
That said, Mayor de Blasio’s position was too partisan as he refused to allow some charter schools to use property that was not in use and which would be provided to the schools rent-free. Eventually, public opinion turned on the mayor forcing him to relent. It is believed that Bill Clinton was advising de Blasio on the matter. Bush used this issue to conclude that de Blasio, and by extension Hillary Clinton, support education policies that benefit the teacher’s union over the needs of low-income students. He also pointed out that he operated a successful program to provide state funds to charter school programs which benefited minorities. According to Shaygan Kheradpir, Bush intends to make a strong case that his education policy is centered on children as opposed to supporting what he will cast as an exigent union and a failing public school system.