On Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, Dana Loesch filled in for Glenn and was joined by TheBlaze’s Will Cain to discuss progressive New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s war on charter schools. In February, de Blasio brought down the gauntlet on three charter schools operated by Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms to return to this fall. Will’s kindergarten-aged son attends one of those three schools, and he working on a four-part digital documentary series for TheBlaze entitled “Alise vs. the Mayor,” in which he looks at the issue of charter schools in New York City through the eyes of a student of Harlem Success Academy and her mother.

Watch Episode 1: Pawn below:

Alise’s story is quite powerful, and in parts two, three, and four of the series you will learn more about the families who rely on these charter schools to provide not just a good education but a good environment to learn and thrive.

“You’re not just talking about a good school,” Will said. “You are talking about a lifeline.”

Considering these charter schools are among the highest performing schools in all of New York state, you might wonder why de Blasio – who rode the ‘income inequality’ bandwagon to victory last November – would deny these children the opportunity to succeed. Will, however, offered three possible reasons:

1. He has a known political vendetta against Moscowitz
2. He is deeply in bed with the teachers union
3. In his warped progressive ideology, sub-par equality better than unequal success

Ultimately, Will said viewers may be surprised about what they learn from this docuseries in the coming weeks – chiefly, how large an impact charter schools have on familial culture and the unlikely allies that rally around the movement.