Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) just was caught telling an outright lie when confronted by an activist for school choice.
The activist, Sarah Carpenter, was leading a protest at Warren’s speech in Atlanta. She asked Warren why she was not for school choice since she, Warren, had sent her kids to private school.
From Free Beacon:
“We are going to have the same choice that you had for your kids because I read that your children went to private schools,” Carpenter told Warren when the two met, according to video posted to social media, which was first identified by Corey DeAngelis, director of school choice at Reason Foundation.
Warren denied the claim, telling Carpenter, “My children went to public schools.”
Holy shit. I have Warren on video lying about where she sent her kids to school.
Sarah Carpenter: "I read that your children went to private schools"
Warren: "No my children went to public schools" pic.twitter.com/PEHr3jNvjx
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) November 22, 2019
Here’s the full conversation:
Except that isn’t quite true.
While her daughter went to public school, her son attended a private school after the fifth grade, as her campaign later admitted to the Free Beacon.
Warren was confronted by an activist for sending her son to a private school, and denied doing so.
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) November 23, 2019
“Elizabeth’s daughter went to public school. Her son went to public school until 5th grade,” Warren communications director Kristen Orthman told the Washington Free Beacon. “Elizabeth wants every kid to get a great education regardless of where they live, which is why her plan makes a historic investment in our public schools. Every public school should be a great school. Her plan does not affect funding for existing non-profit charter schools, but she believes we should not put public dollars behind a further expansion of charters until they are subject to the same accountability requirements as public schools.”
Warren’s son, Alex, went to the Kirby Hall School in Texas while Warren was teaching at the University of Texas at Austin at least for part of his time since he was listed in their yearbook when he was in the fifth grade in 1986-87. The school now costs about $15,000 for the lower school and over $17,000 in tuition a year for an upper school student. The school boasts small classes, the student to teacher ratio is 5 to 1.
At the speech in Atlanta, Carpenter explained her choices were limited. She didn’t have the same flexibility as Warren did.
“I can’t pack up and say I’m leaving behind and going to Germantown, that’s our suburban area, because I can’t afford it,” Carpenter said. “My daughter can’t afford it, so we want to make what we got great whether it’s charter or traditional.”
Warren said she appreciated Carpenter’s concerns about her children and grandchildren and that she would look over her plan if the pieces don’t fit.
“Let me just say, I appreciate nothing more than how much you care about your children and your grandchildren, and getting them educated,” Warren said. “That’s all I want to do. If I don’t have the pieces right, I’ll go back and read it.”
Nice spin, but as the NY Post notes, her plan is radically against it.
She promises to end private-school vouchers and tax credits. She’d block new programs that give families choices and work to shut down existing ones.
She’d also ban for-profit charter schools, end federal funding for new charters and add more regulatory barriers to opening them.
The blueprint sounds like it came straight from the teachers’ union playbook: It calls for boosts in funding to government-run schools and more red tape for their competition.
People called Warren out over her latest untruth.
Didn't need a DNA test to catch Warren in this lie:https://t.co/ycrat137cT
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) November 23, 2019
She got 1/1025th of the story right.
— Plastic Straw Cartel Chief (@rcjparry) November 23, 2019
This is one of the scoops where I’m watching mainstream outlets like a hawk.
It’s not an exaggeration to say if this were a Republican it’d be 5 days above the fold in every major paper in the country. It’s just a fact. https://t.co/vilCrG3Kjv
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) November 23, 2019