In response, Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter brought his Democratic allies into the neighborhood to heckle the May Romney event, and also to hold a press conference where he could slam Romney’s offer.
“Romney has always opposed investing in our children’s education … which is why I don’t understand why he is here today,” Nutter claimed.
Romney’s push for charter schools follows the successful GOP effort to restore federal funding for charter schools in D.C.
That effort was led by House Speaker John Boehner. Most of the D.C. charter-school students are African-American, and their parents protested vigorously when Obama nearly eliminated the program in 2009.
Obama sends his two children to Sidwell Friends School in D.C., at an annual cost of roughly $30,000 each.