Next Up in Eric Cantor’s School Choice Promo Tour: Philly Schools

Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor supports providing students with alternatives to public schools, and he wants you to know about it. So, naturally, he’s in Philly today—in the middle of a massive budget deficit—to talk private school and policy change.

His speech at the Freire Charter School started this morning around 10 a.m., with Cantor calling for policy that “places less emphasis on federal budget math and more on education.”

Sounds nice, but local education advocate Helen Gym is calling foul:

“Cantor supports a false notion of choice,” she wrote on her Twitter page. “To defund public schools and give parents “choice” among an erratic range of charters.”

Gym, along with activists from the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools protested Cantor’s arrival, arguing that public education would see a massive bout of defunding should the Congressman get his way.

The group that protested Cantor’s arrival in 2011 for a similar event, Occupy Wall Street, of course, is no longer around. Too bad we didn’t listen to them then. [NBC]

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.

  • Jane Yavis

    Did Eric Cantor at least blow his nose before he whined his latest fantasy? Could Freire Charter School possibly have been a Charter School that the Fraudulent Paul Vallas endorsed too???
    Here we go again – this isn’t about education, it’s about educated men using needy children to get rid of Teachers Unions.
    Anyone want to tell me what Union Fraudulent Paul Vallas or racially motivated Cell Phone Partners Como and Donato from Coatesville Boarad of Education represented?????