In South Carolina, he boasted about boosting funding for needy schools to a roomful of teachers. Next, a tiny crowd in Nevada gave him a standing ovation after touting his push to make free pre-K available for all of the city’s 4-year-olds. Then he heralded that same signature education policy as he sat around a long wooden table with about 20 culinary union members in downtown Las Vegas.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has traveled the country in recent months as he flirts with a possible 2020 presidential run, and the city’s public school system is among his most reliable talking points.

Though his frequent trips have drawn scorn locally — a recent poll found 76 percent of New Yorkers don’t think he

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