Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor denounced Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announced plan to charge rent to charter schools using public space, if they can afford it. De Blasio responded sharply to Cantor’s criticism.

“Our committees in the House will remain vigilant in their efforts to ensure no one from the government stands in the school house door between any child and a good education,” said Cantor, in remarks at the Brookings Institution.

Asked what exactly the House would do in response to de Blasio, Cantor didn’t offer specifics, but said de Blasio’s policies put the nation’s largest school district “in conflict with federal programs that have been designed to help facilitate growth in public school choice.”

Cantor forgot about the alleged Republican belief in state and local control. Charters and vouchers matter more to Republicans than local control. He also forgot that voters in New York City made their choice by electing de Blasio, who beat his Republican opponent by 40 points. And one of the big issues between them was charter schools. De Blasio said he would impose a moratorium and charge rent, while Joe Lhota promised to increase the number of charters. The voters’ choice was overwhelming. Eric Cantor should let the voters of New York City govern themselves.

De Blasio made clear that he was not intimidated by Cantor’s threats and has no interest in taking advice from Eric Cantor.

“The Republican agenda in Washington doesn’t even scratch the surface of the inequities facing more than a million children in our public schools,” de Blasio said in a statement after Cantor’s remarks.

To learn more about why charters should pay rent, watch this brief segment on the Melissa Harris-Perry show where Leonie Haimson does a great job of explaining the issue.

Mercedes Schneider reviewed the tax records of Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy and concluded that she could easily pay rent.